Presidential 2022: but by the way, what is the Xavier Bertrand line?

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This Thursday, Xavier Bertrand will virtually open, Covid-19 obliges, a new branch in Essonne of the “Manufacture”, his think tank responsible for concocting a presidential program. From this suggestion box, the boss of Hauts-de-France has already drawn several proposals which he made public, in particular the presidential mandate of six years, non-renewable, the fuel voucher for modest employees or the 1000 euros. Concrete ideas, easily understandable, as the pretender to the Elysee likes them.

“The guy most opposed to Macron is him. It comes from the people, people know it. Besides, he still lives in Saint-Quentin. His promise is to be a candidate who takes care of the French, ”explains one of his strategists. The regional president, elected with the support of the left in 2015 against the FN, wants to “bring together the working classes as widely as possible”, details his lieutenant Julien Dive, recalling that in 2009, it was he, then secretary general of the UMP, which had affixed the slogan “the popular movement” under the UMP logo. “He represents a social right, with a less conservative and liberal line than others in LR. But the subject is to know what he accomplished in Hauts-de-France. His paw is that of someone who knows the issues in the field ”, underlines the deputy (LR) of Pas-de-Calais Pierre-Henri Dumont.

But from there to speak of a presidential program, it is far from the cup to the lips. “He chose the concrete, but that does not give a vision”, observes the deputy Julien Aubert. The bertrandism would it be above all a pragmatism? The former minister under Jacques Chirac, as under Nicolas Sarkozy, has long defined himself as a “social Gaullist”. An outdated label on the right, with blurred outlines. Like his mentor Philippe Séguin, he voted against the Maastricht Treaty in 1992… but in favor of the European Constitutional Treaty in 2005. “He will have to clarify where he places the cursor on sovereignism and identity. Refining your intellectual vision is one of her challenges, ”recognizes a relative.

“No philosophical digression, simple measures!”

But the artist does not seem in a hurry to complete the painting. By impressionistic touches, he delivers his proposals on work, the economy-ecology marriage, the regal … “A lot of things say a lot about what I have in mind,” he breathes. For now, his brushes go in two main directions: “the reconciliation of the French among themselves” and the fact of “putting the popular categories at the heart of politics”. Among his latest readings: “The time of ordinary people” by geographer Christophe Guilluy and “Head, hand and heart” by Briton David Goodhart who advocates better remuneration for low-skilled jobs.

If he is aware that “being the anti-Macron is not enough to make a project”, he assures that “a positioning, that is not what is interesting”. “No philosophical digression, simple measures! », He assumes. In short, a “zero blabla” niche that will not push him to theorize his vision in a program book. He wishes to stick to “a few priorities”, specifies the one who reads the productions of think tanks as varied as Terra Nova (left), Fondapol (right), Institut Montaigne (liberal) or the Republican Spring. Or by discussing with experts as varied as the former secretary general of FO Jean-Claude Mailly or the former social adviser of Nicolas Sarkozy Raymond Soubie. “I am a big sponge”, he used to repeat to his collaborators.

“I believe I can measure the distance between the French and politics more than others,” he claims, while summing up what he believes to be the expectations of citizens: “If politics is interested in me, I m ‘interested in politics. »What he tries to demonstrate by his actions in Hauts-de-France. Not everyone is convinced. On September 23, during a ceremony at the National Assembly, he slipped to Richard Ferrand, about Emmanuel Macron: “Your friend, he may have intelligence but he does not have much ‘experience. “You are proof that experience does not replace intelligence,” he heard himself answer.

Original article by : www.leparisien.fr

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