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Après ses vacances, François Fillon « va travailler dans le privé »

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Au programme : règlement de comptes avec Les Républicains, travail dans le privé et suites du feuilleton judiciaire.

Sa terrible campagne présidentielle s’est achevée au soir du premier tour, le 23 avril 2017 : en troisième position avec 20 % des suffrages. Force républicaine, le micro-parti de François Fillon, avait engrangé 3,3 millions d’euros de dons. Après la défaite, il restait 1,9 million non-dépensé. Les Républicains ont réclamé leur part, notamment pour renflouer le parti qui affiche 55 millions de dettes.

Hier, Le Parisien a révélé que, fin juillet, Force républicaine avait finalement accepté de reverser « 900 000 € » aux Républicains. Pas sûr que le chèque apaise les tensions. Beaucoup n’ont pas digéré l’échec. Et le perdant a visiblement coupé les ponts. Aucune déclaration publique et de rares contacts en privé.

À quel poste ? Mystère…

Les Républicains éliront leur nouveau président les 10 et 17 décembre. Fillon a reçu Laurent Wauquiez, il rencontrera bientôt Daniel Fasquelle. Ce dernier, député du Pas-de-Calais qui a lancé le mouvement « Sauvons la droite », devrait annoncer sa candidature en cette fin de semaine. Fillon laisse passer l’été. Il a séjourné dans son manoir sarthois, en Islande et en Toscane. Et « à la mi-septembre, il va travailler dans le privé », confirme son entourage.

Dans quelle entreprise, à quel poste ? Mystère. Le jeune homme qui rêvait de journalisme, qui est diplômé en droit public, a plongé tôt dans le chaudron politique. Il avait 22 ans, il en a aujourd’hui 63. Parmi ses autres projets : une Fondation pour les chrétiens d’Orient.

Une certitude : il aura rendez-vous avec la justice. Dans le cadre de « l’affaire Pénélope », il est notamment poursuivi pour détournement de fonds publics.

Macron, superficiel?

Bernard Owen

Voici un article du New York Times concernant la victoire d’Emmanuel Macron.  Il traite la question de l’abstention des électeurs, et donc de la base  plutôt étroite de son gouvernement et donc les possibles conséquences sur la gouvernance du pays. L’article mentionne aussi les entretiens du Président avec Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump… mais comme a dit quelqu’un que nous connaissons « Je pense qu’il s’entend avec tout le monde ».

 

For Macron’s Party in France, Success Is Broad. But How Deep?

By ALISSA J. RUBIN, JUNE 12, 2017

PARIS — By almost any measure, the party of President Emmanuel Macron achieved overwhelming success in the first round of parliamentary elections on Sunday.

The candidates of his newly formed party, La République en Marche, finished first in 449 of 577 districts, leaving them poised to dominate the National Assembly, the lower and more powerful house of French Parliament, after the second round of elections next Sunday.

That success built on Mr. Macron’s strong early performance as president, analysts said, but was also greatly helped by the vacuum left when successive parties on the left and right collapsed in the face of his strong showing in the presidential race and by historically low turnout — just 49 percent of the French went to the polls.

The combination of factors has left some analysts and historians wondering if perhaps Mr. Macron is even succeeding too well. The vulnerability inherent in his success is that while he will be able to push through his agenda, he will lack a broad base of support because only one in two eligible French citizens voted and his party’s likely crushing majority in the Parliament will overwhelm opposition voices.

In addition, because he is expected to have such a large margin in the National Assembly, his program could win approval with little resistance, allowing him to skip the step of assembling a broad-based coalition. That could come back to haunt him, leaving some, perhaps even many, feeling disenfranchised.

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“There will be rather weak political opposition within the Parliament, but we are going to face it on the street, on the social networks, outside of institutions,” said Jean Garrigues, a historian at the University of Orléans.

“And it is always dangerous when political opposition hardens outside of institutions,” he said.

The left-leaning newspaper Liberation on Monday likened Sunday’s results to a “takeover” of the nation’s politics.

None of that undercuts Mr. Macron’s formidable political skills or that of his party, La République en Marche (The Republic on the Move). He managed to take France’s rather querulous desire for change and infuse it with a sense of optimism, with the idea that people could be better off.

Past presidents who had proposed changes in labor laws and the French social safety net had not been able to convince the public that the benefits would outweigh the pain.

“People are wondering what kind of fairy dust he used to make this happen,” said Édouard Lecerf, global director for polling and research for Kantar Public.

Since 2002, when the timing of the French legislative elections changed so that they directly followed the presidential elections, the ballot has served as confirmation of the president’s win, reliably sending a majority of representatives of the president’s party to Parliament. Although pundits initially expressed doubts that Mr. Macron could secure a majority because of how new his party and its candidates were, he helped ensure that outcome by quickly impressing the French during his first days as president.

“He had series of impressive international events with the NATO summit, the G-7 and the meeting with Putin at Versailles,” said Bruno Cautrès, a political scientist at the Center for Political Research at Sciences Po in Paris.

He was referring to Mr. Macron’s star turns both in Brussels where he met President Trump and won the ‘I can shake hands harder than you can’ competition, and at Versailles where he went toe to toe with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, bringing up sensitive topics like the treatment of gay people in Chechnya during a joint news conference.

Mr. Cautrès said the new president’s shrewd choices of people, from both the left and right, to fill the ranks of his government had also helped.

Mr. Macron has benefited from the weakness of the other parties; even those parties that were relatively strong as recently as the presidential election have seen a sudden drop in popularity. For instance, the far-right party of Marine Le Pen, the National Front, received 21 percent of the vote in the election’s first round, and the far-left party of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, France Unbowed, took close to 20 percent.

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Both lost ground during the legislative contest. Ms. Le Pen’s party got about 13.5 percent of the vote nationwide in the weekend elections, a precipitous drop, and France Unbowed did not quite reach 11 percent.

“The National Front was unable to capitalize on the 11 million votes it won in the presidential election,” Mr. Cautrès said. “The far right appears divided and Marine Le Pen’s leadership could be challenged if she does not win her legislative race on Sunday.”

Ms. Le Pen won 46 percent in a district in the northeast of France where she is running, making it likely that she will win. Less clear is whether more than a bare handful of other National Front candidates will garner the votes necessary to get into Parliament.

On the left, Mr. Mélenchon, who by dint of his personality and debating skills was a strong presence in the presidential election, was unable to project himself into the scores of races nationwide where his candidates were competing.

The Socialist Party of Mr. Macron’s predecessor, François Hollande, fared badly in the legislative elections. It had been accused of betrayal by unions and its own left wing after the government pushed pro-business changes to the labor laws that it had once shunned.

About 100 Socialist Party representatives and their allies in the National Assembly lost their seats on Sunday, including Jean-Christophe Cambadélis, the head of the party; the Socialists’ presidential candidate, Benoît Hamon; and a number of Mr. Hollande’s former ministers.

“It paid dearly for its contradictions,” Mr. Cautrès said.

But the most potentially dangerous element for Mr. Macron is one that helped his party do so well: a historically high abstention rate — 51 percent of the French decided not to vote last Sunday.

The low turnout helped Mr. Macron’s candidates by reducing their competition, but the darker side is that many workers and poorer people in cities as well as in the countryside will not be represented, several historians and political sociologists said.

“There’s a spectacular underrepresentation of the National Front and of the France Unbowed party,” Mr. Garrigues said.

“It is the case that this National Assembly is going to represent the France that is favored to the detriment of the France that is suffering,” he said.

Myriam Revault d’Allonnes, a philosopher and specialist in political representation, sees in the abstention a form of protest rather than apathy. “You don’t abstain because you prefer to go fishing,” she said.

It is not a only a sign of a lack of interest in politics, she said in an interview published on the Franceinfo news website, “it is also a sign of protest.”

“The state of grace will not last forever,” said Mr. Lecerf, the pollster. “Once he starts changing the pensions and work laws, it is going to get much more complicated.”

Aurelien Breeden and Benoît Morenne contributed reporting.

Brigitte Macron vue par les « anglo-saxons »

Voici quelques extraits u du Daily Mail (Britannique) et le New York Times (Etats-Unis).

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I have wrinkles, he has freshness. That’s how it is’: 64-year-old wife of France’s Emmanuel Macron speaks about the ‘problem’ of having a husband 25 years younger

  • Brigitte Macron opens up about 25-year difference between her and Emmanuel
  • She said she is reminded of his ‘freshness’ every morning while she has ‘wrinkles’
  • The couple met when Brigitte taught the teenage Emmanuel drama at school
  • She also discussed being forced to abandon plans to create new ‘First Lady’ role

By Peter Allen In Paris for MailOnline

PUBLISHED: 14:56 BST, 17 August 2017

The wife of French President Emmanuel Macron today spoke for the first time about being married to a man 25 years her junior, saying: ‘The only problem is that he’s younger than me’.

..  ‘Of course, we have breakfast, me with my wrinkles, him with freshness, but that’s how it is,’ said Mrs Macron.

She also spoke out after public pressure forced the Macrons to abandon their plans to give Mrs Macron the official title of First Lady – claiming she was not too bothered.

‘I don’t feel like a First Lady,’ said Mrs Macron.

France’s First Lady, a Confidante and Coach, May Break the Mold

By SUSAN CHIRA and LILIA BLAISEMAY 11, 2017

PARIS — If France’s president-elect has broken every rule in the political playbook, consider Brigitte Macron, the country’s next first lady.

She met her future husband, Emmanuel, when he was 15 and she was his 39-year-old drama teacher, married with three children. She and his parents at first tried to discourage him from pursuing her, and she has said they did not have a “carnal” relationship when he was in high school, but he eventually won her over.

By all accounts, she was present at every stage of his political evolution, coaching him on his speeches and public demeanor, and she is the one he turns to for an unsparing critique. He treats her as an equal partner and says she will define her future role.

In the days after the election, social media posts went viral criticizing the way the couple have sometimes been portrayed in the press: she as a predatory “cougar” and he as a “boy toy”; Ms. Macron, 64, has been called everything from a grandmother making his tea to a “cagole,” a French term for a bimbo. If the ages were reversed, her defenders pointed out, no one would have blinked an eye.

Leah Pisar, an expert in Franco-American relations who worked in the Clinton White House, said Ms. Macron served as his gatekeeper: “You want to get to him, you go through her.”

In this, Ms. Macron also appears maternal, protecting her husband as many French wives are expected to do. She is seen chiding him not to eat junk food on the trail in a documentary that followed his campaign for several months.

She and one of her daughters pushed him to help advance women in politics; he has pledged that half the candidates his party will field in the coming legislative elections will be women and that he will appoint many to his cabinet.

…in a television interview after he made it to the presidential runoff, her husband made it clear that she was not vanishing: “She will have a say in what she wants to be. She will have a presence, a voice, a look. She will have it privately by my side as she always has, but she will have a public role because that’s how it goes.”

Brigitte Macron, Liberator

Roger Cohen MAY 12, 2017

Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, in Paris after his victory on May 7.

There have been magazine pieces about the couple, including an interview with Brigitte in Paris Match. As Le Monde put it, “It is together that this atypical couple scaled the steps of power. Never has the wife of a candidate been as present in a presidential campaign.” But prurience and sexism have been in short supply.

What’s new in a French political context is that Macron and his wife cooperate so intensely. She is a principal adviser. She gave up a job as a French teacher to work with Macron when he became economy minister in 2014, and has remained at his side. For many, she has helped humanize the technocrat-banker with a tendency (now contained) for highfalutin jargon. Born into a provincial family of chocolatiers, she has good antennae for ‘‘la France profonde” (deep France.) Not since the song was released a half-century ago has a more emphatic affirmative answer been given to the Beatles’ question: “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?”

Vanessa Friedman

ON THE RUNWAY MAY 15, 2017

Especially because she is being cheered as an icon of “French style” as a result. Though equally interesting is the icon of French style she has enlisted in her cause. Traditionally, first ladies and female leaders from Mrs. Kennedy to Queen Elizabeth II and Angela Merkel have worked with a single designer on creating their image, a pattern broken in recent years by Mrs. Obama, and her peers Samantha Cameron and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. While Ms. Macron seems to be engaged in a return to form, her choice of collaborator is an interesting one.

Brigitte Macron

Voici quelques extraits de ce qu’on pense à Mediaart sur le sujet.

Croquis. Transparence et eaux troubles à propos de Brigitte Macron

7 AOÛT 2017 PAR HUBERT HUERTAS

C’est la pétition du mois. Avec 200 000 signatures, la pétition « contre le statut de Première dame pour Brigitte Macron » atteint un niveau notable. Elle met le doigt sur un vrai problème, et sur beaucoup d’hypocrisie.

En réclamant que ne soit pas créé un statut de « Première dame », ce citoyen qui se présente comme « artiste peintre et auteur engagé, fondateur du “mouvement de l’égalité nationale » pour lutter contre la corruption et les discriminations » a soulevé un problème qui hante la Cinquième République depuis longtemps.

Un fantôme familier, dont l’aspect dérisoire et déphasé est mis en valeur par le vocabulaire lui-même : on parle de « première dame » comme si l’on revenait au temps de Guenièvre et Lancelot, ou de la comtesse de Ségur… Et pourquoi pas « preux chevalier » pour qualifier son fier mari ?

C’est le principe de ce statut qui est aujourd’hui contesté, avec des arguments qui ne manquent pas de force. Au nom de quoi cette personne rigoureusement privée, qui n’a pas été élue, disposerait-elle d’une existence publique dans l’organigramme de la République ? Et au moment où l’Assemblée interdit les emplois familiaux aux parlementaires, au nom de quoi le lien d’époux ou de compagnon ouvrirait-il ce droit au président de la République ? « Avec un tel statut la première dame usera de son rôle comme bon lui semble et ce sera lui reconnaître une existence juridique qui permettrait de bénéficier d’un budget, d’un rôle important, de nombreux collaborateurs, chauffeurs, protection renforcée et autres avantages… À l’heure où l’État souhaite faire des économies dans le budget de l’armée et souhaite moraliser la vie politique, se pose un problème de conscience nationale », proclame notamment la pétition de Thierry Paul Valette.

La difficulté, c’est que jusqu’à présent toutes les « premières dames » ont disposé d’un budget, attribué selon les volontés d’un seul, leur président de mari, qu’elles ont eu des collaborateurs, un bureau, absolument tout ce que redoutent les pétitionnaires. La crainte de ce mouvement, c’est que ce qui se passe déjà puisse un jour se passer…

L’autre réserve, c’est que Brigitte Macron bénéficie de trois collaborateurs, quand Valérie Trierweiler en avait cinq, et Carla Bruni huit – sans compter la gestion de son site qui, selon l’ancien député René Dosières, avait coûté 410 000 euros pour sa création et son entretien. Quant à Cécilia Sarkozy, lors de son bref passage avant son divorce, elle disposait carrément d’une carte de crédit payée par la présidence.

La question de la « première dame » est donc soulignée, et dénoncée avec virulence sur les réseaux sociaux au moment où l’intéressée a plutôt tendance à réduire son train de vie, ainsi que son influence. Si Cécilia Sarkozy exerçait par exemple un poids considérable sur les choix de son mari, si Carla Sarkozy avait transformé les conseils des ministres en agent promotionnel pour son dernier CD, si Valérie Trierweiler était directement intervenue dans la campagne des législatives de 2012 en soutenant Olivier Falorni contre Ségolène Royal, on ne peut pas faire grief à Brigitte Macron de s’immiscer dans les affaires politiques.

L’impopularité dans laquelle paraît s’enfoncer Emmanuel Macron n’est pas étrangère à la concentration de critiques sur le rôle potentiel de son épouse, et la pétition en porte d’ailleurs la trace quand elle évoque « les statuts prioritaires, à savoir celui des travailleurs, celui des petits retraités délaissés, les étudiants défavorisés par la baisse de l’APL, la crise des migrants… ».

Pourtant, aussi injuste que puisse paraître ce collimateur estival pour la personne de Mme Macron, la question du statut de la femme du président, ou de son mari si c’est une présidente, est une affaire symboliquement sensible. Or, avec son projet de « statut », le président Macron l’aborde en mélangeant les genres. Au nom de quelle légitimité une personne faisant partie de sa sphère familiale devrait-elle bénéficier d’une référence publique ?

La solution pour en finir avec cette ambiguïté impose d’en revenir à la logique. La « fonction » de « première dame » n’existe pas, et c’est cette inexistence qui doit être consacrée et reconnue dans un texte. Les appartements de fonction de l’Élysée sont assez vastes pour que cette épouse, ou ce mari, y installe son bureau, et les services de communication sont assez experts pour traiter le courrier à son adresse et les réponses à apporter. Zéro statut, zéro bureau administratif, zéro euro de fonctionnement, voilà la solution. Avec ce dispositif, Brigitte Macron serait à l’abri d’attaques qui, parfois, n’atteignent pas le degré zéro, mais montent plutôt des égouts.