Change, there was much question between Amiens (Somme) and Le Touquet (Pas-de-Calais). This road, between two cities linked to Emmanuel Macron, one because he was born there, the other because he made it his vacation resort, we do it again every year (the first time after his election in 2017, then a year later) to take the temperature back to school.
A return that is therefore under the sign of change. He who crosses French society, shaken by the course of globalization and global warming.
He whom the President of the Republic promises to operate on himself in the hope of reconnecting with the French. With some, the break is consumed. The others, for many, are waiting to see. Verticality, small sentences have marked …
There is also the change that the candidate Macron had promised in 2017, he who had titled his campaign book "Revolution" (XO Editions).
Among the French crossed between Amiens and Le Touquet, many judge the claims of Vests yellow on the purchasing power "legitimate". As Sarah says, "we all know people in these professions, there is something to gather." Not one, however, to approve the "drifts" and violence, unanimously condemned.
The nature of the expected change differs, of course, according to opinions, professions or situations. But this "it must move" is a trait common to all.
Macron knows this, which he echoed in an interview with "Time" magazine, published on September 19, saying: "The end of the Death Valley is the day when you have results. "
" Cross the street ? But there is a wall opposite! "
Back in September, life has gradually become the trunk of the former factory Whirlpool Amiens. François Gorlia, CGT delegate, 53, is now one of the few that can be seen on the site, where the survivors of Whirlpool, taken over by WN, still broke the crust last year.
The recommended arrived last Monday. These 130-there are dismissed. "There were beautiful people here, breathes François Gorlia. But when the WNs received their letter, there was not a politician on the parking lot. "Between the two rounds of the presidential 2017, between barnum, whistles and burnt tires, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen had delivered an epic duel.
Like a feeling of abandonment. "Macron, when he came, he said: I will follow the file very closely. People have judged it very well. Now, most think it was empty words, slice the unionist. He does not see what we are in. Cross the street ? But there is a wall opposite! "
Franck, 50, still bears the marks. Sometimes tears come to her eyes. He does not want to go back to the factory site – "I spent 25 years of my life there, it's good. It's finish. Two years ago, he appreciated the president's offensive against second-hand work and Poland. "But between his speech and reality … The washing machines, they always sell at the same price, while they have three workers for the price of one. "
This winter, Franck put a vest on his dashboard. He condemns "the breakage", but without that, he says from his pavilion in the suburbs of Amiens, "no one would have listened to the Yellow Vests". Even those who have, and he says himself, forced the president to change: "It reminded me of how I should be," says Macron in "Time". "A façade," replies Franck. He said: I heard you, but I do not know what he hears. Since Sarkozy, Holland, it's been a couple of years since nothing has changed. "
He evokes "a false lull", feel that with the pension reform, the fuel again on the rise, "it can start again". François Gorlia nods. "There is no longer any party on which to rest. Only by fighting, by demonstrations, will we succeed in gaining something. "
"As soon as he throws an idea, 3 days later, it's the demo! "
On the other side of the town, in Saint-Fuscien, a village perched on a hill, sign that one goes up on the scale of the standard of living, such reasoning makes fulminate Marc. "As soon as he throws an idea, three days later, it's the demo! I hope he will hold on. I think so, he still has a lot of courage. We would like him to go to the end, as far as possible, "argues the pensioner of the army.
The example of the Macronist voter, an intimate of the president told us recently: "The people who voted for us in the presidential wanted to flip the table without breaking the dishes. These are always waiting for us to go fast. "
"I'm not sure it's going to change for us"
François-Xavier Malgras would not deny it. "We had been daring to negotiate with supermarkets, but we sell even cheaper than last year," sighs the farmer. At our last meeting, a year ago, he sold his ton of wheat 150 euros. It rose to 120 euros. The fault, this time, at world prices.
"These are the prices my grandparents touched forty years ago," says the breeder. In the courtyard of his farm in Friville-Escarbotin, the cat's race after the mouse or the footsteps that his little boy inscribes in his family, in the cowshed of Norman and Parthenese cows, are not alone in evoking an eternal renewal. .
François-Xavier Malgras understands the protests against Ceta, the trade treaty between the European Union and Canada: "We are told: we must pay attention to ecology and we will import by not having the same standards at all! " Violence? Not his thing. "But, by force, we can understand them."
In 2017, he voted for Macron. He now finds "more complicated to go in his direction." The farmer gives the president the benefit of the doubt. With a lot of doubts. "He may have understood a little bit about people's problems. I am not convinced that it will evolve for us. "
Then, unintentionally corroborating the analyzes of the political scientists on a rupture between the head of state and a part of the population, the breeder finishes with a sigh: "The real life, it has been a long time since it was chopped off. It may have never even tasted. "
"He continues to apply his program"
Usually, Sarah and Marine do not talk about politics. And yet, during their long weekend in Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, they made this reflection: hard to govern by being constantly under fire from critics.
Sarah slipped a Macron ballot into the ballot box in 2017. There is one point on which she considers it "irreproachable": "He continues to apply his program. For the rest, this young project manager says she has "gone through all phases". Including this: "There remains a politics like any other. We are expecting mountains and wonders, but it is always the same thing. And then, observes the young woman, "he puts himself alone in front of the French, alone before the opposition, but one man can not govern the country."
Especially since it comes to doubt that this country is, in the current times, transformable. "It comes on a transition phase, whether in the economy, the ecology. It happens in this moment where it is necessary to find a balance with everyone, to stabilize the situation. It will not necessarily be the chair of change. "
"Gas is always so expensive"
Transition period or not, Laure Poupart, 28, who took a half time saleswoman time to launch her sheep, stamps: "The Great debate, it was a great speech for everyone to calm down but we do not see concrete actions! We must stop saying that we find work on the right or left, the essence is always expensive. Ecology, I do not mind, my car is a sinkhole. But how am I doing? Several times a week, Laure, who lives far from her workplace, sleeps at her parents' house to save money.
Remnants of tags "GJ", on the departmental that goes to Le Crotoy (Somme), recall that his opinion is shared: the majestic view of the bay where graze her pre-salt sheep does not appease Roland Moitrel. Since his trailer, installed on the edge of the road, this shepherd can even make remarks of a rare violence against the President of the Republic. Where we feel the same rejection as in the insults thrown at the passage of his car, Puy-en-Velay, in December 2018, after the fire of the prefecture. "It would have to change 100%, but it would surprise me. "
"The Yellow Vests, it's not over"
The seafront of Le Touquet (Pas-de-Calais) has this immutable part. In the morning, we will always find someone there. Beach and kids' club cabins, 1970's buildings are like frozen in time. Figue, the course of the country is too, a little too much, to the taste of Sylviane.
This former 70-year-old bank employee was hoping more from this president that she contributed, by her newsletter, to drive to the Elysee. "I was expecting something new with him, that things are moving forward, that people can live on their salary. "And we think of what Emmanuel Macron said in August 2017 to members of the majority:" The French took a risk by voting for us. They would forgive us even less for failing. "
Sylviane's husband, Francis, who stands by his side on the bench, punctuates: "We do not always have a very interesting choice of candidates. There he was a young president. We thought he could do a lot of things. "The little sentences of the head of state hit the retired couple. "He has changed, that's for sure," Sylviane observes. He does not have a choice. If he wants to represent himself, he has to change. "
"We should not come to a civil war"
Another bench, another point of view. From the Belgian border, where he also benefits from his years of contributions, Marcel-Frans finds at Macron extenuating circumstances: "People want change, but as soon as they are concerned, reluctance sets in. He wants to make necessary changes. Pension reform, we had that at home too. It is inescapable. "
Or slip Michel Chrétien, "we can always do the dead and say that it will work out". We must of course hear the irony in the mouth of this right-wing voter who, soon to be 82 years old, has lost none of his taste for provocation. Vests yellow, says Michel, "we all think that it is not over, it will resume, but in another way."
At the other end of the walk, Sylviane is worried. "We end up having two extremes: the rich and the poor. It's fragile, it would not be enough for it to explode. We should not have a civil war. It is made to repeat, the term is strong. She maintains. " I'm afraid of it. "