Very discreet since her replacement as head of government by Gabriel Attal on January 9, 2024, former Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne will make her return to the National Assembly on Tuesday February 13. The one who has always been in the government since 2017 had in fact been elected deputy for Calvados during the legislative elections of June 2022. She will therefore be able to occupy this function for the first time and play a role in the majority, as explained The Parisian.
“It’s going to be weird for him. She will see what it is like to be on the other side: respond to attendance requirements, follow voting instructions even when we do not agree,” a deputy from the Renaissance group. Concretely, the one who was nicknamed “Madame 49.3” will occupy place no. 255, two ranks higher than the members of the government. Despite her reputation acquired in her former role, Elisabeth Borne seems confident. “I experienced everything: the constant attacks, the invectives, the violence,” she expressed to our colleagues.
What objectives as an MP?
Her first moments as a deputy will not, however, begin with an entry into the arena, but with the weekly meeting of the majority deputies, during which the boss of the Renaissance group, Sylvain Maillard, would have planned a standing ovation. Sylvain Maillard is also one of the people that the former member of the government has met in recent weeks, with the former President of the National Assembly, Richard Ferrand. She was able to discuss the details of her new life as an elected official, and in particular the committee in which she chose to sit, that of Foreign Affairs.
Rejuvenated after a week of vacation in Morocco, Élisabeth Borne says she is “in great shape, full of energy”. If she does not seem to have the intention of structuring a movement within her party, the former Prime Minister would like to get involved in the European campaign in order to oppose the extremes, in particular the RN list of Jordan Bardella. “Every time we go to the bottom, it quickly becomes more complicated for him,” she said about him. Finally, despite the presidential majority’s difficulties in appointing a head of the list, it would above all like to maintain the unity of the movement. “It is our most precious asset,” she concluded.