France: first official reunion between Emmanuel Macron and Édouard Philippe

Emmanuel Macron and Édouard Philippe, at the Eysée Palace on July 2, 2020. Ian Langsdon, Pool via AP

Text by: Julien Chavanne

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Édouard Philippe receives the medal of Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor from Emmanuel Macron this Tuesday, June 15 at the Elysee Palace.

It is a tradition after at least two years spent in Matignon, but the ceremony has been postponed twice because of the health crisis.

The former Prime Minister, still very popular in the polls, has distanced himself from Emmanuel Macron since his departure from Matignon last July.

What feed the suspicions of rivalry.


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A lunch and a dinner in almost a year.

The two men didn't really miss each other.

At the Elysee, the entourage of Emmanuel Macron did not appreciate the media campaign of Édouard Philippe for the release of his book.


 former prime minister's

 free but loyal, but free

creed is


Would he have more ambition than he wants to say?

Especially since Édouard Philippe continues to grow his network.

The mayor of Le Havre is in the middle of the Tour de France, chaining photos with the candidates for the regional, of the Republic in March, but also of the right and sometimes at the same time.

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What is Édouard Philippe playing?

The presidential election in sight?

Last weekend, we saw him with the Macronist candidate in the Pays de la Loire before sharing a beer with the outgoing president of the region, inserted at Les Républicains.

Édouard Philippe continues to " 

work the beam 

", his favorite formula, while remaining unclear about his future.

Asked in a documentary about his presidential envy, Édouard Philippe now takes the subject seriously.

It's a pretty complicated question 

", cowardly, mysterious, the favorite politician of the French.


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