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Reshuffle: the left-wing Macronist, a species ever more threatened after the latest appointments (here Clément Beaune on November 30, 2023)
POLITICS – The cutting wing. Completed by the last wave of appointments, Thursday evening, the government met this Saturday, February 10 in Matignon for a seminar around Prime Minister Gabriel Attal. Time to count down, for the different chapels of the Macronist camp.
After an interminable waiting period (one month between the announcement of the two lists of ministers) the main balances seem respected. The latest version effectively allowed the executive couple to satisfy their allies, the MoDem and Horizons, and to give assurances to those who found the first salvo far too Parisian. The main ones, except one.
The entire sequence of the reshuffle, from the dismissal of Élisabeth Borne to the latest appointments via Gabriel Attal’s general policy declaration, shows that the left is reduced to the bare minimum, in terms of personalities and ideas. And in the government system, it is blatant.
While the pole of ministers from the right was quickly confirmed, Bruno Le Maire for the Economy, Sébastien Lecornu for the Armed Forces, Gérald Darmanin for the Interior, even reinforced by the arrival of several Sarkozy figures, Rachida Dati in Culture, the left wing did not experience the same fate. Far from there.
Those who could embody the counterpart of this influential “pack” were for the most part thanked. Exit Olivier Véran and Olivier Dussopt, two former socialists. Dismissed, too, Rima Abdul Malak, one of the rebels on the immigration law. Even Clément Beaune, undoubtedly the minister most ready to put forward his social democratic thinking, did not resist. A traveling companion of the President of the Republic for more than ten years, he is asked to leave Transport.
On the side of the entrants, an influential Macronist could have taken up the torch of this atrophied left wing. Sacha Houlié, former member of the PS, support of Emmanuel Macron from the start, who became president of the Law Commission in the Assembly in 2022, was canvassed to enter the government. His voice, from the Ministry of Sports, could have stood out from a government system more to the right than the previous ones. Missed.
Nicole Belloubet is not enough to redress the balance
He was ultimately not selected and now says his “ feeling of having been taken for an imbecile. » “Justice and merit don’t exist – not for people like me. I have no bitterness, just the determination of those to whom nothing has ever been given.” he reacted, Thursday evening, directly, to the Echoesadding, in a hidden criticism: “My story is not written with those of the powerful or the insiders, but with those who have a hard time and are needy. »
What remains then, to use the stamp “ came from the left » within the government, Roland Lescure in Industry, Sylvie Retailleau in Higher Education or Nicole Belloubet in National Education. We could add Stéphane Séjourné, another former socialist. But his position in Foreign Affairs does not allow him to weigh in the national debate, nor on government decisions.
It is not enough, therefore, to embody a counterweight to the reinforced bloc coming from the Republicans, as some elected officials from the presidential camp have already pointed out. Stella Dupont, a Renaissance MP who had already distanced herself from her group at the time of the immigration law, regrets in a press release: an assumed decision to position this government to the right of the political spectrum. »
The Assembly as a playground
“ This imbalance does not reflect the majority “, she adds, calling “ social and environmental sensitivity ” has ” block » to get organized and “ weigh collectively on future texts. » Arlesienne of President Macron’s five-year term, the question of the structure of this left wing in the Assembly will, inevitably, arise again.
Especially since dismissing the ministers of this tendency causes another consequence: their return to the Palais Bourbon. (Re)becoming deputies, Clément Beaune, Olivier Véran, Olivier Dussopt, and Élisabeth Borne will join the benches of the hemicycle next Tuesday. A less restrictive playing field than the government to make oneself heard.
“ It’s going to stir up a bit in Parliament. They don’t come back to be stooges, they can wear more identified things “, anticipates an executive from the Renaissance group to AFP, while a deputy assures that the question of an autonomous group ” is on the table. » Without going so far as to cross the Rubicon, the arrival of this handful of former ministers could perk up the presidential group in the face of a government more to the right than it.
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