This is another reshuffle that should take place as early as the start of the school year in September or even before, “this summer”, believes a senior official. After the change of government, Emmanuel Macron must tackle the restructuring of En Marche as a matter of urgency. The political party which had accompanied its victorious raid on the Elysée in 2017 comes out bloodless from the municipal elections. Swept in the big cities, in delicacy in the territories, it is in a state of general weakness. LREM failed to record a significant victory on Sunday June 28. In Paris, long promised to walkers, the macronist movement is humiliated, its candidate Agnès Buzyn having not even managed to be elected to the council of Paris.
The general delegate of LREM Stanislas Guérini has a good game in a letter sent Wednesday to walkers to congratulate themselves on the beautiful victories recorded “in Tourcoing, Nevers and Rodez”, the result does not deceive anyone. “We must admit that we took a slap and even a huge slap, says the deputy of the Rhône Bruno Bonnell. We will have to wake up and find something other than elements of language to say that it is a success because we have 10,000 municipal councilors. We cannot remain in denial. We had to reconcile the French with politics, abstention has exploded. It is a failure across the board. “
The boss of the Stanislas Guerini movement is on the hot seat. “He is extremely friendly, very kind but good … Whose deed,” said Calvados deputy Alain Tourret. If he is not exfiltrated during the cabinet reshuffle, will he be able to remain at the head of the party? Many doubt it. “If I were general delegate of En Marche, after Sunday’s defeat I would ask myself questions. And I would ask the question of the political line at the next LREM congress,” said Bruno Bonnell. In the ranks of the majority, certain deputies even go so far as to plead for the return of Christophe Castaner, short-lived leader of En Marche between 2017 and 2018 before taking up his duties at Place Beauvau. “It is essential to have someone with political weight, capable of making our movement exist, of carrying our voice and our ideas,” said a Macronist deputy. Arrived at the head of En Marche with the desire to professionalize presidential training, Guerini never managed to bring LREM into existence in the media space. “When we had to embody the politics of the XXIe century, we replay the old tubes of Claude François, plague a deputy. We turned into a bad copy of the PS. “
Organization, communication, recruitment … “We have to review everything”, according to a majority framework which recommends changing the formation from floor to ceiling. Starting with the free membership system that has made the trademark of LREM. “We were naive enough to believe that by allowing anyone to join us for free, we would strengthen ourselves. But it is quite the opposite. It does not have the same meaning to commit by paying its membership and join a mail loop, “lucidly analyzes a parliamentarian. Beyond the militants, the training suffers from a problem of human resources. “We have propelled people without political experience to strategic positions,” chipped a elected macronist. “This is more of a middle-management problem, analyzes Bruno Bonnell more finely. We took a lot of young kids and former heavyweights from the traditional parties. But the latter are incapable of building anything. It’s like asking a Coca-Cola executive to start his own start-up. “
Cure of modesty
Many are calling for a Copernican revolution. “We must fight on the ideas of the President of the Republic: European, liberal, left and right, progressive and put in place strong structures with a political committee, a leadership team … everything that is lacking in The Republic on the march today, “says Alain Tourret. Which would amount to making the Republic on the march a political party … like the others. Others maintain, on the contrary, that the presidential formation must remain an agile movement, of conquest, in view “We have to go back to our origins”, balance and daring, points Bruno Bonnell, who already foresees the cleavage of the next presidential between “positive and progressive” ecology and “ecology” of the “emotion”, “regress”. To finally emerge, the party should focus on “three to four strong ideas”, according to a macronist framework. And to spur: end of life, European rebound, rurality … A program sketch in the interview given by Emmanuel Macron to the regional press Thursday evening.
After the electoral rout of the municipalities, many are the elected members of the majority to plead for more modesty. “We made a strategic error with the municipal authorities, points out the deputy for Saône-et-Loire Rémy Rebeyrotte. We should have played it extremely modest, made agreements with political parties compatible with our values and forbid MPs to run for municipal elections, because it is the worst kind of leaving the mandate for which we were elected five years. The rebellious France may have played the game better. They did not do any differently from us, they made alliances, they established themselves locally but with much more modesty. We were going to see what we were going to see, we were going to conquer Paris, keep Lyon … It all cost us a lot. ”
The elected official puts the electoral slap into perspective, however: “We must not draw hasty conclusions: people may very well have voted for us at the national level, at the European level and choose a PCF mayor at the municipal level. It is a local choice.” At the national level, the setbacks of LREM indeed seem to have little impact on the popularity curve of Emmanuel Macron: in a poll published Wednesday 1is July by the Elabe Institute, the President of the Republic was credited with 30.5% of the voting intentions for the presidential election of 2022. Under the LREM label …