The President of the Republic granted himself a three-week summer break at Fort Brégançon, but he took care to sow small pebbles on the way to the start of the school year. On August 2, in an interview with Le Figaro Magazine, Emmanuel Macron promised for the end of the month a “major political initiative” in order to bring together forces from the “republican arc”.
Then on August 17, during the commemorations of the 79th anniversary of the liberation of Bormes-les-Mimosas, a few weeks after the riots, he warned young people against “chaos” and “disunity”, emphasizing the contrast with young French people “ready to die for collective freedom” during the landing in Provence.
These two interventions illustrate the challenge with which the Head of State is still confronted: to seek, in the absence of an absolute majority in the National Assembly, the conditions for national harmony and to ensure, beyond that, the rescue of his second term marked by the crises of pension reform and urban violence. “I was elected on a promise of emancipation, of modernizing France, of breaking certain taboos. What we have done with results, especially on the economic and social side. Now, we can clearly see that something is at stake, which is not about “living together” – I don’t like this term –, but about “being a nation”, “explained Emmanuel Macron to Figaro Magazine. It is this mantra of unity that he should decline when the executive returns to office, Wednesday August 23, in the Council of Ministers, and in a new interview.
World sporting events played at home – the Rugby World Cup and the Olympic and Paralympic Games – will provide the President with the opportunity to exalt an “unprecedented pride” and to strengthen the link between the “sporting nation” and the “French nation”. But these moments of communion will not help to resolve the political impasse. After the reappointment of Elisabeth Borne to the post of Prime Minister and a minimum cabinet reshuffle on July 20, Emmanuel Macron therefore wants – once again – “to try to bring together around a clear and simple project all those who want to get involved. find them, without asking them to adhere to everything”, he detailed at the beginning of August.
The approach allows him to dictate his schedule to the opposition and to regain political leeway. “Emmanuel Macron is a magician. What allows him to do this is to be neither right nor left, to hide behind an apparent depoliticization, ”observes Philippe Moreau-Chevrolet, president of MCBG Conseil and teacher at Sciences Po. of the state should relate to schools, the environment, public services, work, authority and immigration.
But finding majorities text by text is what Elisabeth Borne has already been trying to do for more than a year. The head of government filled her agenda this week with ministers and majority leaders, Stéphane Séjourné (Renaissance), Édouard Philippe (Horizons) and François Bayrou (MoDem).
Objective: to demine explosive subjects, starting with the budget for 2024, which could again postpone tax cuts, and immigration, the subject of an overbidding on the part of the Republicans. Emmanuel Macron has also rejected their most radical ideas on migration policy and has not ruled out using article 49.3 to have the future bill adopted without a vote.
The showdown between the executive and Les Républicains is in fact the main issue of the autumn debates, with a maximum risk of “accidentology”, after the threat clearly brandished by the party of Éric Ciotti to vote a motion of censure against the government. A rapprochement seems hypothetical for the moment, despite repeated attempts by Gérald Darmanin. The Minister of the Interior, who plans on the presidential election of 2027, invited elected LR for his first political return to Tourcoing, Sunday August 27. A meeting that sows as much trouble within the right as within the macronie.