Even Matignon’s computers have ants in their legs. It is because this in-between has been a long time since the re-election of Emmanuel Macron, who had sworn to govern until the last “fifteen minutes” of his first five-year term but obviously not from his re-election. This Saturday, the government website therefore took the reins, announcing… the resignation of Prime Minister Jean Castex and his team.
Spotted by France Infothe blunder – a timely fort «bug technique» quickly repaired – comes to underline with mischief that everyone is fed up with this suspense during which all the rumors thrive on the composition of the government. Will it be piloted by Marisol Touraine? By Audrey Azoulay? Or by Catherine Vautrin?
The name of this great right-wing elected official, one of the notorious opponents of marriage for all, has invaded social networks since Friday. “The president offered her Matignon and she would have accepted”believes a relative of the Head of State, quoted by the Parisian. It’s all in the “believes to know”. As for knowing, it’s another story.
The message has therefore passed within the macronie: the time has come for delay. “You don’t have to rush. Everything in its time. Emmanuel Macron’s new five-year term begins today. therefore learnedly explained this Saturday on France Info Yaël Braun-Pivet, LREM deputy for Yvelines and former president of the powerful Law Commission in the Assembly.
Stoic, Jean Castex remains in place and… in Paris this weekend: he had to cancel his trip to the Vatican for the canonization of the French explorer Charles de Foucauld. The two heads of the executive do not have the right to leave the national territory and Emmanuel Macron must go to the United Arab Emirates, for the funeral of their president, Sheikh Khalifa ben Zayed al-Nahyan, who died on Friday.
While the State is operating in slow motion, the advisers and the administrations working on the “ministerial files”, these directories which detail all the projects in progress in the event that it is necessary to change tenants shortly, Jean Castex relishes.
Thursday evening, he dined in the gardens of Matignon with the whole of the government, the occasion of a small speech under the applause of his ministers. “Some here hope to continue while their spouses do not. So, I am reassured because in the end there will always be someone happy. he slipped, relaunching the conjectures on the candidates for the government.
“We do not manage a holiday club”
On Saturday, he gave some confidences about his two years at Matignon, “a hive that works perfectly», at France Television. Unknown to the general public before being bombarded Grand Chamberlain of deconfinement after the first wave of Covid-19, Jean Castex replaced Edouard Philippe in July 2020. He talks about his “tremendous pride” and assures that he never “felt hell” at Matignon, embroidering on the formula of Michel Rocard who had evoked a “manager hell” at the end of his three years at the head of a government of openness desired by François Mitterrand.
“We do not manage a holiday club but state affairs. So it has to work”, told Jean Castex in the political service of France Television. At the time of departure, he explained that he had “the feeling of having had a relationship of mutual respect and listening with Emmanuel Macron”.
Above all, he denies any desire to stay in government, one more rumor that has been bouncing from Twitter to political journalists for three weeks and the victory of Emmanuel Macron against Marine Le Pen. “The elections mark a new political moment, which requires a new breath”, he explains, to twist the necks of those who saw him in Justice or Education.
“I will leave the national political field. I know where I come from and I know where I will come back., he assures. In this case Prades, the city of the Pyrénées-Orientales of which he is the mayor and where he plans to take three weeks of vacation.