The re-elected president prepares the parliamentary elections by personally validating each of the 577 majority candidates and is working to form a cohesive government.
It is from La Lanterne’s residence in Versailles, where he likes to retire on weekends, that Emmanuel Macron yesterday began preparing the deadlines for his second five-year term. With a double objective: the legislator and the government. In both cases, the head of state is the only maneuver. For the parliamentary elections on June 12 and 19, he plans to validate the 577 candidates who will receive the – already ready – label of the expanded presidential majority.
Secondly, he will likewise decide alone on the composition of his new government and the choice of who will replace Jean Castex. If nothing compels the current prime minister to submit his resignation to the re-elected president until the second round of the parliamentary elections, however, Jean Castex must sacrifice tradition and submit his resignation next week. Meanwhile, Emmanuel Macron is fine-tuning his cast with the idea of appearing with the new government for the May 8 ceremonies. Emmanuel Macron likes to play with the nerves of his faithful to compose this new close-knit team of around 15 ministers (up from 41 currently), who would expand after the parliamentary elections.
Certain ministers should not be renewed already, such as Marlène Schiappa (Citizenship), Jean-Baptiste Djebbari (Transport), Annick Girardin (Sea), Cédric O (Digital transition), Florence Parly (Armies), Frédérique Vidal (Higher Education, Research and Innovation), Barbara Pompili (Ecological Transition) or even Jean-Michel Blanquer, the sweet Minister of Education from the beginning of the previous five-year term who has become the hobbyhorse of teachers.
Jean-Yves Le Drian (Europe and Foreign Affairs) was to leave unless the war in Ukraine extends him in his position. Eric Dupond-Moretti (Justice) or Roselyne Bachelot (Culture) could also leave the government.
Emmanuel Macron had announced that he would retain five or six members of his current government. Bruno Le Maire (Economics), Gérald Darmanin (Interior), Elisabeth Borne (PvdA), Gabriel Attal (spokesperson) or Clément Beaune (Foreign Affairs) are part of this closed circle of “political” and experienced ministers, useful for the difficult times ahead. As François Mitterrand was re-elected in 1988, Emmanuel Macron was able to open his government to other profiles.
Political profiles to welcome in the majority the LRs who supported him, such as the former Sarkozyist Budget Minister Éric Woerth or Caroline Cayeux, the Mayor of Beauvais, President of the Federation of French Cities and the National Agency for Territorial Cohesion. The president, who loves nothing more than to surprise his people, can reserve surprises. Whoever had convinced Nicolas Hulot could conjure up personalities from civil society that we don’t think of.
And then of course there is the choice of the Prime Minister. Everyone in Macronie is going with their forecast, knowing that the… drop a name is sometimes the best solution to seal the candidacy of such and such a potential candidate.
In recent weeks, the name of the Minister of Labor has often returned. Elisabeth Borne comes from the left, is a woman and this “techno” has gained experience and solidity in government. Quoted too many times, it would no longer hold the rope. There is also Christine Lagarde, the former economy minister (2007-2011) whose name is said to have been blown to Emmanuel Macron by Nicolas Sarkozy. Problem, his mandate at the head of the European Central Bank is still running.
The Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie, loyal from the start, also remains in the running, but isn’t he too slick? The name of the Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire is so common when the person concerned explains that he was passionate about his work at Bercy. This German speaker could be an asset. Much appreciated by the president, former minister and MEP LREM Pascal Canfin, who was director general of WWF France, would also be a good profile.
NKM and … Montebourg
And then there are the unlikely names that crop up. The socialist mayor of Nancy Mathieu Klein, who had refused a ministerial post under Edouard Philippe, is quoted, as is that of Richard Ferrand, president of the National Assembly, who nevertheless said he would rather remain in his post. Nicolas Sarkozy’s former environment minister, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, is said to be ready to come out of his political retirement in New York. Yesterday even… the name of Arnaud Montebourg appeared. The former PS economy minister and former colleague of Emmanuel Macron in Bercy would have the advantage of being on the left and his Made in France sovereignty would be a good argument against the “localism” of the RN…
One thing is certain, Emmanuel Macron will choose a personality who, like Jean Castex, will not be able to surpass him in terms of popularity.