For the Prime Minister, it was a question of showing a “government package” which is “at work”, in the words of the government spokesperson.
After a month-long reshuffle period which dragged on to produce an executive without many new faces, Prime Minister Gabriel Attal brought together his entire government on Saturday.
For the tenant of Matignon it was a question of showing a “government pack” who is “at work”in the words of Prisca Thevenot, the government spokesperson, and to set the “timetable and priorities” for the next few months and include them in “the daily life of the French”. The 35 members of the government were present for this seminar which lasted two and a half hours, with the exception of the Minister of the Armed Forces, Sébastien Lecornu.
“Collective, action and tangible results for our compatriots. This is what I asked the members of my Government”commented on X the Prime Minister.
“We are really in actionsaid the spokesperson. We must now be sure (that the measures) are in the daily lives of the French (and say) in transparency, in honesty, but in responsibility, where it worked and where we must be able to review the copy if there is need.”
Take back control of the story of this start of this mandate
The other members of the executive left Matignon in light rain without making a statement. After introductory remarks by the head of government, the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire gave an update on the economic situation, while the Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Séjourné was to speak on the international situation and the European elections in June .
For the new prime minister, shaken by the agricultural crisis, the teachers’ revolt, and this week by the attacks of the president’s historic ally, François Bayrou, it is a question of regaining control of the story of this start of his mandate . “If we do not impose our own political calendar ourselves, we expose ourselves to repeated crises”we explained to Matignon, in an allusion to the mobilization of farmers.
As the government only has a relative majority in the National Assembly, it must also decide which measures must be passed by law and which will follow the regulatory route. After the seminar, Gabriel Attal should speak in the Sunday press, Matignon said.
Ministers on the ground
Several ministers immediately left for the field, like the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, expected early in the afternoon in Besançon (Doubs). He will fly to Mayotte on Sunday with the new Minister Delegate for Overseas Territories, Marie Guévenoux, to address the security crisis and prepare an operation “Wuambushu 2”, “against delinquency and illegal immigration”.
For her part, the Minister of Labor, Catherine Vautrin, has a trip planned for Saturday in the Loiret with the Minister Delegate for Health Frédéric Valletoux. Asked Thursday evening on France 2 about his priorities for the first 100 days, Mr. Attal affirmed that he would “continue to work” on the agricultural crisis, in the run-up to the Agricultural Show, while an orientation law is in preparation.
He also spoke of youth, wishing “in spring” the publication of a “guide to good practices” on the use of screens for families as well as “decisions” for school. He said again that he wanted to do “Mental Health” young people “high priority” and that he was going “goodbye” the psychological support system which does not “not working”.
The Prime Minister also cited housing, which is going through a deep crisis, wishing “take strong measures to encourage more building” but also “restart the request” looking at the “banking questions”. “Act II” of labor market reform with an overhaul of the rules for unemployment compensation is also expected in the coming months.