Faced with the pans of the demonstrators, Emmanuel Macron in the trap of the “trial in contempt”
Protesters during Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Sélestat (Bas-Rhin), April 19, 2023. JEAN-CLAUDE COUTAUSSE FOR “THE…
Where will the game of cat and mouse between power and pans lead? In the social protest, the government tries to dodge the noisy concerts of utensils which unfold in its path. A few hours before the final of the Coupe de France, Saturday April 29, he fears the 30,000 red cards and 10,000 whistles distributed by the unions to the supporters of the match in anticipation of the arrival of Emmanuel Macron at the Stade de France, two days before the some 300 demonstrations of the 1er– May expected nationwide.
The government mantra of “appea*****t” did not bear fruit. Emmanuel Macron prefers the one to go ” in touch with “ and sets up a competition of voices: it is up to who will be able to make themselves heard. “Nothing would be worse than letting the voices of progressives be drowned out by the cries of demagogues”, wrote the head of state in a letter to his activists. Before summoning the members of the government, Wednesday in the Council of Ministers, to have “the courage to say” what the macronists have “the courage to do”.
For ten days, about thirty ministerial visits were greatly disturbed by a few hundred pans and slogans. Several ministers and secretaries of state have canceled a trip, such as Charlotte Caubel (childhood) Monday in Val-de-Marne, Bérangère Couillard (ecology) Tuesday in Charente-Maritime, Sébastien Lecornu (armies) Thursday in Loire-Atlantique… “We’re not running away”***ures the entourage of Stanislas Guerini (transformation and public service), while a course in Castelnau-le-Lez (Hérault), where CGT activists equipped with utensils were waiting for him, was diverted to La Grande-Motte .
No minister or secretary of state, even little known, is spared. Far from the press and unwilling to bring a law that would confront him with the bench of the National ***embly, Pap Ndiaye (education) nevertheless suffered cries of anger in Lyon, Tuesday, before being blocked for a long time in his train at the platform in Paris, where protesters welcomed him, then exfiltrated by the police. Similarly, Marc Fesneau, Minister of Agriculture, who is pleased with his “Low intensity UBM”, For “media noise unit”, came up against the pots in Rouen on Thursday. Matignon asked ministers to postpone non-essential travel, with advice: “Be smart. »
“Not the French who work”
Like the Elysée, which has chosen to keep certain visits secret. Filmed by a small group of journalists escorted by helicopter from Paris, Emmanuel Macron appeared on Thursday within reach of“battle” in the Jura, far from the union pots kept away by the police. During this exchange on a market, he lets go of a pulled-up “yellow vest”: “You are talking nonsense. » Reply from the person concerned: “You have been talking nonsense about it, every day for five years! » The Head of State procrastinates, magnanimous, anxious to be accessible. “We hear a lot about a trial in contempt blooming against me”he had said a few days before In The Parisian, sweeping : “Someone who despises does not go in front of the crowd. »
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