Two weeks after the rejection of Sylvie Goulard to join the new European Commission, Emmanuel Macron has chosen a new candidate: Thierry Breton, head of digital group Atos, former Minister of the Economy and Finance. After the Goulard snub, the Elysee hopes that this experienced profile will pass the caudine forks of the European Parliament.
According to the information collected by RFI, last week, Emmanuel Macron discussed with Thierry Breton. It was his " stature " and his " skills " that pleased the president. Patron of several major groups, minister under Jacques Chirac , interested in defense issues: at age 64, Thierry Breton has - for the Elysee - the solid shoulders to deal with the mega-portfolio vested in France in the new Commission European: industrial policy, internal market, digital, defense and space!
The CEO of a large digital group could therefore take care of digital. " Beware however of conflicts of interest! Already warn some. Response from a presidential advisor: difficult to name someone with no experience in this area.
Once again - after propelling Christine Lagarde head of the ECB - Emmanuel Macron will look for a personality from the right, a new illustration of the fact that the bench of the Macronie is not very full. Michel Barnier, who negotiates Brexit with the British and who seemed to many to be obvious, was not chosen, especially because he is a member of the EPP group in Parliament, the European right which led the sling against Sylvie Goulard.