At the National Council for Refoundation, few present and many absent

LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP Emmanuel Macron (here on August 29 at the Élysée) will launch the National Council for Refoundation on September 8. But who will be by his side?


Emmanuel Macron (here on August 29 at the Élysée) will launch the National Council for Refoundation on September 8. But who will be by his side?

POLITICS – This is the big project for the start of his new five-year term, intended to prove that the executive has indeed changed “method”. Thursday, September 8, Emmanuel Macron will launch the National Council for Refoundation, a body supposed to bring together all the components of the nation, both political and associative. But less than a week from the launch, the case seems to be off to a bad start.

The meeting was given to Marcoussis in Essonne and the program is now known: full employment, school, health, aging well and ecological transition, said Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne on France Inter. a week before D-Day.

With which guests? This is where everything gets complicated for the executive. The invitation cards were sent during the summer to the representatives of the various political, economic, social and associative forces. Very few responded…

François Bayrou but not Édouard Philippe

Emmanuel Macron will be able to count on François Bayrou, appointed Secretary General. ” I have always defended this idea that we must find areas of consensus to advance a certain number of diagnoses that never advance. “, declared the boss of the MoDem to AFP, saying to himself” ready to help in any way to guarantee the good performance of this process and so that no one feels instrumentalizedIt is “.

Will he be the only representative of a political party other than La République En Marche? Former Prime Minister Édouard Philippe, president of the Horizons party, has made it known that he will not be able to be there. Officially, he is taken by international commitments linked to his city of Le Havre and could be replaced by the mayor of Albi Stéphanie Guiraud-Chaumeil. But the timing is also timely to prevent him from participating in an instance in which he ” absolutely do not believe, according to the confidences of his relatives to franceinfo.

On the opposition side, the “no, thank you” have accumulated. As early as July, Olivier Marleix, boss of LR deputies, let it be known that he was ” out of the question to participate in all that”. At the end of August, in a letter addressed to Emmanuel Macron, the President LR of the Senate Gérard Larcher also declined. Denouncing a ” confusion of roles “ and expressing his fear that Parliament “bypassed”the third character of the State specifies that his “reluctance” is shared by “the vast majority of group presidents”. At the National Rally, Marine Le Pen closed the door in June.

Emmanuel Macron’s initiative was no more successful on the left. Lambasting, a ” communication tool ” without interest, EELV will be on the long list of absentees. Just like Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s France Insoumise and the PCF, as confirmed to franceinfo by their spokesperson Ian Brossat. There is still the Socialist Party, but the chances are slim: on August 31, the national secretary of the PS Sébastien Vincini declared to the Parisian that “at this stage, the party will not participate in the CNR”.

Unions divided, but all mixed

Another defection came on Friday, September 2, from United Territories, which brings together the three Associations of Mayors (AMF), departments and regions. If they “welcomed the stated desire to change the method”, these associations believe that the CNR framework is not conducive to answering their questions.

The unions are advancing in dispersed order, even if everyone is on their guard. Laurent Berger’s CFDT and François Asselin’s CPME (Confederation of Small and Medium Enterprises) responded to the invitation. Ditto at Medef, despite the doubts of its president Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux on the “effectiveness” of the device.

The Solidaires union has indicated that it will not participate in the discussions. The CGT must decide on Wednesday, but “we do not want to participate in a masquerade of dialogue or exchange”, indicated to AFP Céline Verzeletti, confederal leader of the union. Force Ouvrière has not commented at this stage either.

To fill the empty chairs, Emmanuel Macron will eventually be able to count on the president of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (Cese), Thierry Beaudet. The latter, who was moved by the creation of a body at first sight similar to his, confirmed his presence, while calling on Emmanuel Macron to “clearly establish” the role of the participants. Also invited were the President of the High Council for the Climate Corinne Le Quéré, the First President of the Court of Auditors Pierre Moscovici and the Governor of the Banque de France François Villeroy de Galhau. RTL says they said yes to the head of state.

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