The president blames himself. He bites his fingers for not having practiced a real American-style “spoil system” when he took command in 2017. The “spoil system” is the replacement of all administration departments, or almost, to make sure of their loyalty to the new power. Macron had announced it during the campaign, but once at the Elysee Palace, he did not, or very partially. Today, he regrets it bitterly and confides it sometimes, in private.
For example, during this lunch in July with all the parliamentary group presidents of the National Assembly. At the time, the head of state was exasperated, among other things, by the bazaar of tests. He admits, in front of the leaders of the opposition group taken aback, that he would have done better not to spare the administration this electroshock at the start of his mandate, the “spoil system”.
Undoubtedly this would have made it possible to shake the coconut palm and to attenuate the procedural reflexes which appeared so loudly throughout the health crisis. Was Emmanuel Macron held back by the fact that he himself came from the senior administration (finance inspection) or, perhaps also because his Prime Minister at the time, Edouard Philippe, came of the Council of State? Either way, it is rare (but it does happen) for a politician to admit regret.
If Emmanuel Macron agrees it is because he knows that the impression of inefficiency offers, on a plate, fuel to Marine Le Pen. He is convinced that if the French were to nourish the feeling that he did not know how to effectively (key adverb) protect them, then it could prevail in 2022. It is understandable, under these conditions, that he could blame.
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