Edouard Philippe’s successful bet in Le Havre

Will Edouard Philippe remain Prime Minister? The answer should be given by Emmanuel Macron in the coming days, at the time when the hypothesis of a reshuffle circulates to mark a turn in the quinquennium, following the health crisis of Covid-19, and facing the looming economic crisis.

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The only certainty on the evening of June 28: a defeat would undoubtedly have caused the departure of Edouard Philippe de Matignon, but he appeared on the contrary reinforced by his large victory at Le Havre. The Prime Minister, who came before his communist opponent Jean-Paul Lecoq with 58.83%, himself praised “Net results” and one “Act of trust”, from his town hall.

→ LIVE. 2020 municipal results, analyzes, reactions… Follow the second round

Le Havre, the only presidential stronghold

And yet, nothing seemed to play out in advance, at the end of the first round. While he was re-elected in the first round in 2014, the juppeist was on waivers this time. Leading the way on March 15 with 43.60%, he could seem to have only a small reserve of votes, the PCF deputy Jean-Paul Lecoq having reached 35.88%, while the candidates of Europe Ecology-Les Greens and the National Rally had each collected around 8%. But the union of the left did not succeed in the Norman city. The candidate EELV Alexis Deck refused to side with the list of communists mixing candidates of the civil society, opening an uncertainty on the carry of the votes.

→ FIND the results of the second round of the 2020 municipal elections in Le Havre

So, while the municipal elections are proving to be a serious defeat for La République en Marche, Le Havre should be one of the only bastions in the presidential camp after this second round. What weigh in the equation of the President of the Republic, when deciding whether to yes or no, change the Prime Minister.


Test of power

A desert and a tide. First, the desert, that of massive abstention. This Sunday, six out of ten voters preferred not to travel for the appointment of their mayor. From these urns that sound hollow, however, a clear message came out: very many French people, at least those who voted in large cities, aspire to an ecological shift. The green tide is there, before our eyes. Lyon, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Besançon, Tours, Poitiers… All of these cities will be managed for the next six years by an environmental mayor.

→ ANALYSIS. Municipal 2020: green wave and abstentionist tidal wave

Politically, the wave is spectacular, when we remember that Europe Ecology-The Greens had not even been able to present a presidential candidate in 2017. This result is a challenge for the new elected officials. Ecology finds itself this morning in the test of power. Nationally, this ordeal often ended in disillusionment, Nicolas Hulot can testify.

The result of these municipal elections is also a challenge for Emmanuel Macron. The equation is complex for the President of the Republic. His party, LREM, failed in its local establishment. The only figure in his majority to emerge unquestionably victorious from the poll is his Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, re-elected in Le Havre, but from which he hesitates to part. Like his predecessors, Emmanuel Macron intended to “step over” these intermediate elections. But we don’t cross the tide, much less the desert. He must take into account both the aspirations of the voters who spoke and the dismay of those who did not consider it necessary to travel yesterday. This Monday’s meeting with the 150 members of the Citizens Climate Convention will lift a glimpse of his intentions for the days to come. The time has come for him, to use an expression dear to him, to “take his risk”.


Macron: from setbacks in municipalities to the problem called Philippe

French President Emmanuel Macron does not have high expectations for the second round of municipal elections, which must confirm that his party, La République en Marche! (LREM), will not be able to conquer any locality with more than ten thousand inhabitants. And Paris, the jewel in the crown, is to be forgotten, with the socialist and current mayor, Anne Hidalgo, to be given as a favorite and her candidate, the former Minister of Health, to appear only in third, behind the conservative Rachida Dati.

Macron will already be thinking about the next day, with analysts saying he will point the finger at high abstention (polls say that participation will be only 38%, then on the first lap, before confinement because of the coronavirus, it would have been 44%, a record for the negative) and will thus avoid drawing national conclusions.

The president plans to receive, as early as Monday and to put municipal officials behind, the 150 members of the Citizen Climate Convention (created in response to the yellow vest protests) and travel to Meseberg, Germany, to discuss issues Europeans with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on the eve of this country taking over the rotating presidency of the European Union.

But, internally, the municipalities must still mark the moment when Macron finally moves forward with the government remodeling that has been talked about for a long time, which may or may not include the Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe. The latter enjoys record popularity, with 50% of the French heard in a poll for the The Sunday Journal to say they are satisfied or very satisfied with their work. Macron’s fell again, now standing at 38%.

Still, better than their predecessors at this point in their terms, none of whom had to face a pandemic like the coronavirus, with more than 161,000 confirmed cases and almost 30,000 dead. The third phase of the deflation started last Monday.


The Assembly votes the bill out of the state of public health emergency

The Assembly has voted Wednesday, June 17, the draft law organizing the output of the state of health emergency after the July 10, with a period of “vigilance “ during which restrictions will remain possible, and the opposition is alarming a state of emergency “that does not say its name “. The text was adopted on first reading with the support of the elected representatives of The Republic in market (LREM), MoDem and Act, and the opposition of right and left holding “liberticidal “. It will be reviewed in the Senate as early as June 22.

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“The state of public health emergency will come to an end but our vigilance must remain intact “pleaded from the outset, the minister of health, Olivier Véran. This output should therefore “be organised “, he added, estimating that “not to retain certain measures, it would be as if the risk of a restart (of the epidemic) did not exist “while the new cluster in Beijing “shows that no one is immune “.

After the lifting of restrictions will be sustained

Entered into force on 24 march to address the epidemic of Covid-19, the state of a health emergency, which allows you to restrict certain public freedoms, had been extended in may until the 10th of July. The government intends to put an end to it, but provided for two exceptions : the Guyana and Mayotte, where the state of emergency will be extended “up to October 30, inclusive “because the virus is still circulating actively.

For the rest of the country, “the common law is not sufficient to cope with the extraordinary dimensions of this crisis,”according to the rapporteur Mary Guévenoux (LREM), which emphasizes the need to be able to “react very quickly “ in the face of the cluster. The text, therefore, allows restrictions on the movement of people, the reception of the public in certain institutions or gatherings, and up until the 30 October. But the bulk of the state health emergency “disappears “according to Olivier Véran, citing “containment “to make “the funeral in the family “ or go to the restaurant… If he had to decide whether a new containment, such as the one put in place from 17 march, the government should once again declare a state health emergency.

The opposition mobilized to enforce the law of manifestation

But the opposition of the right as on the left have denounced the text, which amounts in reality to “the state of emergency that does not say its name “. They have sought point-by-point to remove its provisions, in particular those concerning the right to protest. The socialist Hervé Saulignac, who had advocated in vain a motion of dismissal, has blasted a “number three-card monte “ with the maintenance of “the essential “ the exception regime, pleading for “a recovery in full of the common law “.

The elected Republicans (LR) Philippe Gosselin has also denounced a “double language “ the government with a draft law that organizes a “true-false “output the state of emergency, while Christophe Naegelen (IDU) has scoffed at a “announcement effect “ with this “hybrid regime “.

The same denunciation of a desire of government “to lure us “ (EDS), a text “useless “ (Freedoms and Territories), a “denial of the rule of law “ (BIA) or a maintenance of a “sword of Damocles on the freedoms “ (PCF), in unison of associations such as the League of rights of man, or the Union of the judiciary.

Transitional regime “justified” and ” necessary “

Face it, the elected LREM, MoDem, or Act defended a transitional regime “justified and necessary “ in the face of the virus. The “walker “ Guillaume Vuilletet held “the trial of the hidden agenda “ oppositions “an inconsistency serious “ because they suggest that “the crisis is over “.

To try however “respond to concerns “the deputies of the majority in particular have framed more in commission restrictions on gatherings. The events will be subject to an authorisation scheme “in the light of the implementation of the measures, barriers,”. Changes insufficient in the eyes of the opposition, who denounced a willingness to “curb “ the protests, while the back may be “a little hot “ socially.

Another aspect of this text that raised the “deep concern “ of the College of physicians, and of the questions up to the MoDem : the ability to extend the retention of certain data collected by health information systems, so that it should be limited to 3 months. It will be restricted to the sole purpose of epidemiological surveillance and research, Olivier Véran defending a “elongation consistent “ for “a better understanding “ the Covid-19.


Philip “happy” to return to its militant Haven

Special envoy in le Havre

It throne at the entrance of the room François Ierin the heart of the city of le Havre (Seine-Maritime). The campaign poster of Edward Philippe shows the prime minister posing in front of the fire-boat, one of the most emblematic places of the Harbour. The same decor was used for the municipal 2014, won by Édouard Philippe in the first round. For little, one would be a copied-pasted. Superstition? Want to record a resounding victory? The document has been designed these past few days in the greatest secrecy – very few of the faithful were in the confidence of the final decision of the prime minister.

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On Friday evening, militants and pro-Philippe believe in any case, hard as iron. They’re chanting “Edward, Edward”when Philippe arrived on the scene. “I am happy to find you”begins the future leader. But, this last knows: the political situation in 2020 and bears little resemblance to that of the previous election. “This election will be politically difficult, admits the prime minister. Because some will try to extend the debate, or even to prevent it. We’ve heard all evening”.Outside, precisely, the protesters are “hear” loudly. Bombs agricultural, firecrackers, shouts: the challenge is to live by the hand of the opponents of the pension reform, in this port city where the dockers are legions.

Quoting Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand, Édouard Philippe, assumes his role of head of government and at the same time” candidate in the local elections: “No one abdicates not the honour of being a target”, loose-t-it. A little earlier, a driver room and urged hundreds of supporters to “make a noise” to cover the noise of the critics and the sirens of cars of CRS, which finished the quarter.

“The important thing is not to do everything well”

The thread of his speech of fifty minutes, Édouard Philippe explains to the Havrais what will be the distribution of roles with the outgoing mayor Jean-Baptiste Gastinne. If the prime minister wins, he will remain in the prime minister’s office and will leave his chair to Gastinne. About his duties in paris, Édouard Philippe displays low profile. “The important thing is not to do everything well, but doing the best we can“says Édouard Philippe. Above all, it promises to the voters of his fief that he will come back as soon as its CSD at Matignon will end and ensures that there will end his political career. “I’ve known prime ministers who had other political ambitions, quips he. Not me.”

At the time the Marseillaise sounds, marking the end of the meeting, the speaker has not unveiled, neither his program nor the composition of its list. He just praised the character transpartisan of its future list, supported in particular by parliamentarians havrais LR. Can we be opponents of the government on the national stage, but support at the local level? “The logical partisan in municipal action have no meaning“, argues the prime minister, anticipating the criticism. Indeed, on his campaign poster, no logo appears. Neither LR, nor LREM. As in 2014.


Deconfinement plan, main measures

► Health: “Protect, test, isolate”

These are the three main objectives which should guide the health doctrine for deconfinement. “ There will be enough masks to meet the needs from May 11 “Assured Edouard Philippe, by specifying that France receives today 100 million surgical masks per week and that 20 million washable general public masks will be available from May 11th. The wearing of these masks will be compulsory in transport and recommended in shops.

To achieve the second objective, the Prime Minister announced that 700,000 virological tests will be carried out each week. This figure was calculated from epidemiological models which estimate between 1,000 and 3,000 the number of new daily cases of contamination from May 11. ” Each new case will correspond on average to the screening of at least 20 to 25 people who encountered it in the previous days “Said Edouard Philippe.

As expected, anyone with symptoms will need to be tested and then “brigades” will do a “job of identifying” all of their contact cases. The novelty is that this mission will be entrusted to health insurance and that the debate on the Stop-Covid application is postponed. Positive people will then be invited to isolate themselves either in hotels or at home. But in this case, the whole family home will be confined for 14 days.

Finally, the deconfinement can be done in a differentiated way according to the territories, according to criteria fixed by the health authorities: the level of circulation of the virus, the tension on the regional hospital capacities in intensive care and the local availability of tests. ” These indicators, their reading, will be crystallized on May 7 to determine which departments switch on May 11 in the category, say, red high circulation (of the virus), or green limited circulation “Said Edouard Philippe.

► A return « very progressive ” at school

I want to leave the maximum flexibility to the ground “For the deconfinement of schools, warned Édouard Philippe. Concretely, this means that the national strategy in this area will be strictly adapted to the local situation.

The Prime Minister has given a national calendar which differs slightly from that announced by the Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer. However, there is no question of waiting until September, as the Scientific Council advised. This ongoing return is indeed considered by the executive as a ” educational and social justice imperative, especially for those who have difficulty following distance education

The little ones will be welcomed from May 11. In the nurseries, the children will be ” per group of ten children maximum ” From nursery school, the principle will be ” no more than fifteen students per class ” The opening of primary schools will be ” everywhere on the territory and on a voluntary basis ” parents. Then, on May 18, ” but only in the departments where the circulation of the virus is very weak », It will be the colleges’ turn to reopen, starting with the 6th and 5th grades. ” At the end of May “Will be decided whether or not to open high schools” early June », Starting with vocational high schools.

Regarding masks, these will be mandatory for students from college, as recommended by the Scientific Council. They will be provided to those who have failed to obtain them. Pediatric masks will nevertheless be available to elementary school principals, for example if a child has symptoms. Finally, ” all teachers and supervisors of educational establishments will receive masks which they must wear when they cannot respect the rules of physical distance.

► Companies, maintain telework

Used massively during the confinement phase, the maintenance of telework is strongly encouraged after May 11. Edouard Philippe thus urged companies to keep work at a distance “Wherever possible, at least in the next three weeks.”

The purpose of the measure is to limit contact at the workplace but also to relieve public transport, which will be subject to heavy constraints to respect the rules of distance. Otherwise, the Prime Minister asks employers to set up staggered hours.

Regarding health rules, companies that have the means are invited to equip their employees with masks. Very small businesses and the self-employed will be helped by the state and the regions.

Coronavirus opens new perspectives for telework

Thirty guides and job descriptions have already been published by the Ministry of Labor, in collaboration with the professional branches, to advise companies on the implementation of barrier measures. Sixty are needed to cover all sectors. The Prime Minister asked the Department of Labor to work hard to deliver them by May 11.

Finally, the Prime Minister assured that the partial unemployment scheme – which already covers one in two private workers – will be maintained until June 1. “We will then have to adapt it gradually, to support the resumption of activity if the epidemic is controlled”, said Edouard Philippe. The professional sectors which should remain closed will continue to be “Protected”.

A meeting is planned for Thursday 30 April with the social partners and the Prime Minister, social dialogue to be “Mobilized” at all levels in this delicate phase of deconfinement.

► Transport, one seat in two condemned

A “key” device for economic recovery. This is how the Prime Minister spoke of public transport while acknowledging that respect for physical distance and barrier gestures was particularly there ” difficult ” to implement. In fact, the rules will be strict, starting with the compulsory wearing of the mask at least during the first three weeks after deconfinement. This will also apply in taxis and VTCs whose drivers are not protected by a physical barrier…

Édouard Philippe wants both to rapidly increase the supply of transport, particularly that of urban transport, and to encourage low traffic. He wants 70% of the usual offer on the Ile-de-France networks of RATP from May 11 and “Quickly” 100%.

At the same time, the capacity of public transport will be very reduced compared to normal, especially in the Paris metro. The Prime Minister thus wishes the condemnation of one seat out of two and a marking on the ground, even the limitation of flows in case of crowds. In addition, companies must give priority to teleworking, and, for employees who cannot stay at home, organize a staggered schedule to smooth out peak hours. According to an official of a group of public transport, these rules will only be possible to apply if the attendance remains less than 50% of the ordinary.

As for interdepartmental or interregional trips, they should be reduced “Solely for compelling professional or family reasons”, at the end of the confinement period. “We will continue to reduce the offer, to require a compulsory reservation on all trains – TGV or not–” clarified Edouard Philippe according to which it will be necessary “ discourage travel between departments ”. Especially during the Ascension Bridge.

► Meetings limited to 10 people

After asking the vulnerable and elderly to continue to limit their contacts and outings, the Prime Minister set the rules for travel and gatherings. From May 11, it will be possible to move freely, but, beyond 100 km from home, only for compelling professional or family reasons. The French can also practice an individual outdoor activity. Parks and gardens will reopen, except in the departments where the virus is circulating.

But for public meetings and events, the constraints remain very strong. Thus any gathering in public or private space is limited to 10 people. The practice of sport in the covered places will remain prohibited and the beaches closed, at least until June 1. Small museums or libraries may reopen on May 11, but neither large sites, nor cinemas or theaters. Sports and cultural events gathering more than 5,000 people have already been postponed until at least September. The football season can not resume, said Edouard Philippe, who then had a thought for the cult ceremonies.

It takes note of ” impatience “ faithful but believes “Legitimate not to organize ceremonies before this barrier of June 2”. The deadline is a little closer to that of mid-June recently envisaged by President Macron but will still disappoint the bishops of France who demanded the resumption of masses from May 11. Nothing is acquired at this stage. The authorization of the celebrations will be part of the arbitration that the authorities will end in May. These limitations are very restrictive, acknowledges the Prime Minister, who once again calls for “civics of the French”. The efforts made in the coming weeks will allow “To look at summer under the best auspices”.

► Some businesses may reopen… subject to conditions

Shops will reopen on May 11 Confirmed the Prime Minister. So this is the general rule which will nevertheless suffer from three exceptions. The first, already known, concerns bars and restaurants. The decision to reopen them will not be taken until the end of May. Similarly, the largest shopping centers, those exceeding 40,000 m2, will remain closed because they attract a large clientele favoring ” travel and contacts that we do not want to encourage “. They would be sixty in France. Finally, some markets may also not reopen if a prefect or a mayor considers that this poses a health security problem.

All other businesses will be able to raise their iron curtain. But not in any condition. The stores will have to ensure compliance with the barrier gestures, by limiting the influx and channeling the flows so as to provide each customer with an area “ with a contactless meter

Shops should be inspired by the procedures implemented in food stores that continued to operate during confinement: floor marking, plexiglass protection around the boxes, distribution of hydroalcoholic gel, gloves and masks available to staff. Wearing a mask, moreover, seems likely to extend to the client side as well. ” A merchant may make access to his store subject to wearing the maske, ”said Edouard Philippe.

These general rules will now have to be broken down according to the specific nature of the activities. Obviously, a hairdresser will not have the same problems of proximity to a client as an appliance salesperson. Clothing businesses, for example, will have to develop strict procedures to allow fitting or to supervise the return of goods. So many constraints which will obviously have negative repercussions on the “customer experience”, as the specialists say, and complicate the return to normal life in shops.


The fear of reconfinement

No doubt the very recent data, which may raise fears of a deterioration of epidemic indicators in several countries, notably in China, Japan or Germany, have led the French government to be very careful when it comes to deconfinement after May 11 .

The impression that emerges from the Prime Minister’s speech Tuesday afternoon to MPs is, in any case, very restrictive, rather more than one could imagine. The strongest symbol of this spirit of precaution being the prohibition of any gathering of more than 10 people.

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Deconfinement, there will be, however, in order to “prevent the country from sinking”. But, if you dare say, it will be confined to the school sphere and economic activity. And even. Schools will only reopen very carefully.

Social life will remain very constrained

Companies are invited to maintain teleworking and to facilitate staggered hours in order to limit the risk of congestion in public transport. Shops will have to respect strict rules in welcoming customers. Large shopping centers will remain closed.

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For the rest, social life will remain very constrained. Travel should not exceed the scale of the region. The elderly are invited to limit visits and outings. Cafes and restaurants will remain closed, as will cinemas and theaters. Team sports will remain prohibited.

Under these conditions, however great the disappointment may be, it is hardly surprising that the government did not want to provide for an exception for worship. The top priority is to ward off the risk of having to order a retraining because of a renewed epidemic. This would worsen the damage of the crisis and further delay the return to a life that has become free again.


Deconfinement plan, take it or leave it

The containment exit plan is an exceptionally difficult exercise for the government. Two objectives must be kept together: restarting the engines of social life and warding off, as far as possible, the risk of a second wave of contamination. No one will pretend it’s easy. And rare, certainly, are those who would like to be in the place of the Prime Minister when he announces Tuesday afternoon to the National Assembly the decisions made for after May 11.

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Regarding the functioning of the institutions, it is positive that Edouard Philippe presents his plan in front of what is called national representation. Symbolically, this is a way of saying that in the strongest sense of the term, the interest of the whole country is at stake. On the other hand, it is regrettable that the vote of the deputies on the device intervenes immediately after the speech of the head of government and not the next day. In other words, “take it or leave it.”

Proceeding in this way means that there would be no point in giving MPs a few hours of reflection so that they could draw up proposals likely to enrich the system. And this will cause the deputies to vote not according to the content of the plan but solely on the basis of their political affiliation.

It’s a shame because as broad a consensus as possible would increase the chances of successful deconfinement. Perhaps the Head of State and the Head of State believe that the chances of reaching a trans-partisan agreement are too low to devote time to it. And so they would have decided to assume the risks of the exercise alone. Which is both understandable and sad.


Édouard Philippe leads but fails to get elected in the first round

“Crisis” of the coronavirus obliges, Edouard Philippe kept Sunday evening his costume of prime minister. And he was careful not to put on his candidate’s cap. Speaking around 8 pm, shortly after the announcement of the results of the first round of the municipal elections, the head of government simply sent a message to his constituents. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Le Havre and Le Havraises who put me in the lead with (over) 43%”, he simply slipped. The rest of his short speech was devoted to the coronavirus, which resulted in record abstention in the first round of municipal elections.

Admittedly, this Sunday evening, the Prime Minister arrived in first position (43.59%), before the Communist deputy, Jean-Paul Lecoq who collected 35.87% of the votes. The environmentalist Alexis Deck was relegated to third position, far behind, with 8.28%. Just like the candidate of the National Rally, Frédéric Groussard, who obtains 7.31%.

Engaged in the Le Havre campaign as head of the list, Édouard Philippe would have liked to be elected in the first round, as had been the case in 2014 (52%). Even if the local aspect often prevails over national considerations at the municipal level, his post as prime minister has undoubtedly contributed to the drop in his score, as the popularity of the executive couple is low since the crisis of “yellow vests” and pension reform. “This election will be politically difficult“Had admitted the head of government to his activists in late January, as Le Figaro reported at the time.

Lecoq wants to believe in his chances

If elected, Édouard Philippe warned his constituents that he would stay in Matignon until the end of his government mission, but he promised them that he would then find the mayor’s chair, which he occupied between 2010 and 2017. But if the left manages to unite for the second round, the Prime Minister could be worried in his own stronghold of Seine-Maritime. Jean-Paul Lecoq, also supported by La France Insoumise and “Génération.s”, also wants to believe it. “I’m confident. We will be mobilized. The people of Le Havre may measure that it is possible. That’s the dynamic between a first and a second round. We hope that this dynamic will take place on Monday morning “, he wished to France 3 Sunday evening.

However, the second round must still be maintained. During his speech, Édouard Philippe did not close the door to a postponement. “Taking into account the advice of the health authorities, we will organize ourselves for the second round. I will meet the scientific council at the beginning of the week, then I will consult the representatives of the political forces ”, he simply said.


Deconfinement: Élysée-Matignon, a criticized communication

Édouard Philippe will present the deconfinement plan “By the end of the month”, actually Tuesday April 28. Pending these announcements, the time is ripe for hypotheses and supputations, in a France paralyzed by the coronavirus and eager to know what its next weeks will be like.

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In this uncomfortable in-between, communication for the executive is a perilous exercise, between the need to respond to public impatience and the risk of making premature announcements. Thus, the Élysée Palace was able to surprise by announcing, Thursday, April 23, recommendations to the mayors of big cities concerning deconfinement. In this case, the wearing of masks in transport, the absence of regionalized measures and the return to school on a voluntary basis.

Communicate on “hypotheses”

The first difficulty, for the executive, is to make the conditional nature of this type of indication heard, in a context where the media and opinion have quickly taken them for real. In the wake of the announcements on Thursday afternoon, the Elysée Palace and Matignon also had to recall that it was good “Hypotheses”. “The president has left nothing in stone, insists the Elysée. He expressed leads ” which are “Take it with caution” and do not constitute “In no case a presentation of the deconfinement plan”.

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The other risk, in fact, is that of giving the impression of a discordant communication between the presidency and the government. Of course, on both sides, we can assure that the elements revealed by Emmanuel Macron and communicated by the Élysée have been decided in consultation with Matignon. However, the method does not seem to correspond to that defined by the head of state in his speech on April 13. He then clearly missioned the government, giving him fifteen days to present “The post-May 11 plan and the details of organizing our daily lives”.

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To make matters worse, the government has its own internal difficulties. The same Thursday, April 23, an article from World revealed that the announcements by Jean-Michel Blanquer, the Minister of National Education, concerning the return of pupils to school, had ” caught short “ Prime Minister’s teams.

Opposition gets involved

After errors in communication at the start of the crisis, which required a reframing on the part of Edouard Philippe, the executive’s faux pas are now being watched by its opponents. Who were quick to rush into the breach.

In a statement Thursday afternoon, Bruno Retailleau, the boss of LR senators, judged the president’s announcements “Totally incomprehensible”. “The president of the Is the Republic breaking free from the rule it has set itself, by hastily revealing and messing up part of a plan whose preparation and presentation it has entrusted to its Prime Minister? “, he criticized.

On the left, MP PS Boris Vallaud even suspects the government of running after the date of May 11 that the president would have set alone. “We perfectly understand the need to get out of confinement, but it seems to me that the reflection should precede the choice of a date, and not the reverse”, he attacks, warning against “ procrastination ” who “End up creating trouble and a confidence problem”. “Everyone measures the complexity of the situation, he concedes to the executive. But we cannot afford to miss the deconfinement. “

“We must allow time for work,” argues Matignon

On the Matignon side, we assume a pre-announcement strategy, justified by taking into account the “Strong expectation from our fellow citizens, legitimate, of details on what will be progressive deconfinement from May 11”.

At the same time, we also recall the need to “Leave time for work”, which is “The object of the mission entrusted to Jean Castex”. Far removed from these announcements and controversies, the senior official who has become “minister of deconfinement” is indeed working behind the scenes. He is expected to present the overall architecture of the deconfinement plan to local elected officials on Monday, April 27, at 3 p.m.