"Italy celebrated the 700th anniversary of Dante's death for a whole year," enthuses Valérie Pécresse in "Le Monde" and lists what the country staged around the "Divine Comedy".
"And we?" France did a lot to celebrate Molière's 400th birthday.
"But no national mobilization, nothing to bring Molière to all citizens and to show them what he means to the culture of the world," laments the Republican candidate for the presidency.
It is her first cultural-political statement.
It culminates in the suggestion that Molière be included in the Paris Panthéon, the temple of the secular republic in which she commemorates her heroes and saints.
The socialist Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris and also a candidate for the highest office in the state, had previously made the same proposal.
In the area of cultural policy, the left is more unimaginative than ever, and with its primary, it gave the election campaign the appearance of a farce.
One should be chosen from too many candidates.
400,000 citizens participated voluntarily, six of the seven candidates reluctantly: they had declared in advance that they would not adhere to the results.
The votes were not counted, but assessments were made.
Hidalgo received "satisfactory +".
The woman who wanted this parody of an election, Christiane Taubira, who was always on the left, was “elected” with “fairly good to very good”.
Twenty years ago she prevented the victory of her comrade and favorite Lionel Jospin with her candidacy and thus paved the way for Jean-Marie Le Pen to run for the runoff.
Macron, in turn, is campaigning without having declared it.
He sacrifices Molière to him.
Actually, he should be happy if left and right make the same proposal.
With the recording of Josephine Baker, "Jupiter" Macron set an example against racism and for inclusion.
But he doesn't want Molière in the Panthéon.
Ever since he played them in the school theater under the direction of his future wife, he has known about the impact of Molière's ingenious plays, which even made Louis XIV laugh.
No other poet is more suitable for the reconciliation of the people with the elite.
Does Macron dread the idea of how Molière would portray the Sun King of the Fifth Republic, who wants to harass his stubborn people – “emmerder,” says Macron – in order to get them to vaccinate?
The hypocritical justification from the Elysée suggests that the Panthéon has been reserved for heroes since the Revolution and the Enlightenment.
Macron is campaigning with her legacy, reason.
The president without a popular party relies on a majority of the center and those willing to be vaccinated.
Molière has to stay outside.
The supporting role that Macron's opponents push on him in the election campaign is not up to the level of his divine comedies anyway.Keywords: