A few hours before the Macron/Le Pen debate, agenais essayist David Djaïz emerges from his discretion on politics. He also warns, because time is running out: “Many civil servants do not realize that we are at a tipping point, both politically and climatically.”
The essayist (and Agenais) David Djaïz was recently a guest at “C ce soir” on France 5, a program themed “Macron – Le Pen: do we have the right to abstain?” Among other things, he denounced one of candidate RN’s proposals: the regular use of the referendum that he considers offensive. “We feel in his program, in his comments, that there is quite an Orbanian will [NDLR : référence au Premier ministre de la Hongrie, Viktor Orban] to circumvent independent jurisdictions, to circumvent the rule of law to pass a certain number of its ideas by asking the population, but in a biased and diverted way.
As an extension of this television intervention, David Djaïz clearly explains what his choice will be on Sunday and projects himself into the future: what challenges for the winner of the presidential election? According to him, “thethe ecological transition must be the mother of the struggle”.
What position do you take a few days before the second round between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen?
“I assume my discretion with regard to politics, to say that next Sunday I will vote unconditionally for Emmanuel Macron. I cannot decide that our country will choose the worst, that France will one day be governed like France. is today the Hungary of Viktor Orbàn, where the constitution is despised, the most fundamental rights are watered down, trampled underfoot.The far right can only arouse low instincts and offer a one-way ticket to an unknown destination.I add that the poutinophilia by Marine Le Pen is troubling, especially when we see Russia waging an all-out war against Ukraine.”
What do you expect from the next president of the republic?
“If Emmanuel Macron is re-elected, which I hope, he will have a historic responsibility. We are indeed living in a crucial period, as France was in 1871 or in 1945, when it came to rebuilding the Republic, but also a think a lot of leaders don’t realize we’re at a tipping point, both politically and climatically, they keep playing like a puppet theater… it’s not up to what the French have a right to expect.”
Does Emmanuel Macron realize this?
“At the end of the first round, we have a fractured France, with three blocs: the radical left, a central bloc and the nationalist right. Not to mention the abstainers. The responsibility of the next president will be to reconcile the country by responding to the deep need for democracy, listening and equality expressed. I see in Emmanuel Macron’s speech in Marseille the yeasts of national recovery around the ecological transition, which must be the mother of the struggle.”
What do you think are the priorities?
“I think the institutions must be reformed. A cross-party committee must propose changes. Traces have been proposed, we must seize them: for example, the return of the seven-year term, to rediscover the culture of the long-term; the place of implementation of the midterm presidential elections on the logic of intermediate tests † or even proportional representation at a sufficiently high level so that the French feel better represented and the national assembly is oxygenated. With the reform of the institutions comes a necessary change of method, suitable for bringing our fellow citizens together. We must come together around a great collective goal: getting out of fossil fuels is not just a matter of standards or taxes, but an industrial project and ultimately a social project, which can become mobilizing, exciting and yeast of a new cohesion of the country. We can and must become world leaders in the ecological transition. This corresponds to our universalist history, which began in 1789. But the course is not enough, a new method is needed, an art to manage the transition. It is clear that there is a need to plan for the long term and create bonding through consultation. Let’s stop resisting the metropolis and the countryside, the suburbs and the suburbs, the public and the private, the economy and the ecology. We will have to build a new society together, where renewable energies will replace oil and coal, where small towns and medium-sized towns will be revitalized, where small railway lines will be revived, where agriculture will succeed in its ecological transformation while worrying for a living income for our farmers, where we put an end to thermal sieves, where we reinvent the city and urban planning. I am convinced that we can all come together in the fight against climate change by involving all areas and actors in social life, such as farmers, industrialists, trade unions, young people, scientists, etc. This method will allow to patiently bring about a will agreement, for a common destiny. As we managed to do after 1945. This does not require sound and fury, but method and inclusivity.
How do you plan to get involved in this ‘great collective design’? In France ? in Agen?
“I am an essayist, a senior civil servant, and I have always thought that action was the natural outlet for reflection. Republican reconstruction and ecological transition require us to roll up our sleeves and I will do my part. The next ten years will be decisive to know what we want to do together in France. As for Agen, I remain passionately attached to it. My family lives there, I grew up there with contact teachers who shaped me as I am today. Roots are important in life “Trees with deep roots grow high”, said the Provençal poet Frédéric Mistral. Finally, I am delighted to chair the philosophical meetings of Michel Serres, whose next edition in the autumn will be devoted to ecological transition.’