“Betrayed” by Emmanuel Macron's team on the Place du Modem in the Assembly in 2017, his ally François Bayrou was offered financial compensation which he refused, say journalists Gérard Davet and Fabrice Lhomme in their book

The traitor and nothingness

. The authors, who specify that they have warned the hundred or so interlocutors that they were recording their interviews, quote François Bayrou explaining that he made an agreement with Emmanuel Macron shortly after his election in May 2017 to divide up the 577 constituencies, including 144 for the Modem.

But the next day the secretary general of the LREM party Richard Ferrand announced only 16 constituencies for the Modem.

François Bayrou sees red but Emmanuel Macron remains silent.

François Bayrou "returned to the charge and then finally he scooped up" constituencies and obtained about fifty seats of deputies, summarize the authors.

Above all, some macronists have "implied that they could pay, give us money to compensate", write Gérard Davet and Fabrice Lhomme, citing François Bayrou who calculates, according to them, the sum of "four million euros ".

A proposal "rejected without discussions"

The entourage of Richard Ferrand, who has since become president of the National Assembly, says he is "not aware" that such a market could have been offered. "There was this moment of tension around the number of deputies that we were going to have and indeed unfortunate words were uttered saying '' if you do not have the number of deputies we can guarantee you resources" ", for his part explained Wednesday François Bayrou, interviewed on Europe 1. "But these are practices that we do not endorse", he added, specifying that for him, Emmanuel Macron "is not in the small maneuvers ”and that he will vote again“ obviously ”for him if he presents himself in 2022.

"Any proposal for financial compensation, although common and legal between political parties, was rejected by us without discussion," François Bayrou completed this Sunday in an interview with the

Journal du Dimanche


Beyond this episode, the authors met many interlocutors who felt "betrayed" by the Head of State, including in the first place the former Socialist President François Hollande, but they did not have access to Emmanuel Macron or to his close guard.

"A conception of power that undermines the credibility of checks and balances"

In their investigation, they highlight the legal proceedings that seem "buried" on the disputed sale of Astom to General Electric when Emmanuel Macron was Minister of the Economy (2014-2016). They wonder about the appointment of Eric Dupond-Moretti at the head of the Ministry of Justice against the backdrop of "joint interests" of former President Nicolas Sarkozy and Emmanuel Macron. They retain from their investigation of Emmanuel Macron "an opportunist inhabited by his destiny, as Alain Minc says" with "a conception of power which discredits counter-powers" and which "atomizes oppositions".

A conception which accentuates the phenomenon of "a disoriented country" which has "only one choice which will be between the extreme right and a reasonable man", summarize the two journalists.

According to them, there are the pro-Macron, like Benjamin Griveaux, who “are convinced that this strategy is '' extremely brilliant '' because the voters '' will always choose the reasonable ''.

And then you have all the others who are numerous, who tell us: '' but it's hyperdangerous '' because '' if people are fed up with you, it's chaos '' ”.


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