Soon a government at work?

Emmanuel Macron and Élisabeth Borne are putting the finishing touches to the puzzle of the new government, whose imminent announcement must finally launch the second five-year term of the Head of State.

The new president of the Renaissance group (ex-LREM) in the National Assembly, Aurore Bergé, underlined, Sunday July 3, at midday “wait for this reshuffle in the next few hours”.

Once formed, this "collective" will be "there to respond to the concerns of the French", first and foremost that of purchasing power, and will be "definitively installed, because we are here to last", she said. argues to the RTL-Le Figaro-LCI Grand Jury.

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Among the names of possible entrants regularly cited in recent hours, those of Frédéric Valletoux, mayor Horizons of Fontainebleau and president of the French Hospital Federation (FHF), Philippe Juvin, LR deputy for Hauts-de-Seine, Jean Rottner, president LR of the Grand-Est region, and Arnaud Robinet, Horizons mayor of Reims (Marne).

But also Catherine Vautrin, former Minister of Social Cohesion of Jacques Chirac for a time approached for Matignon the day after the presidential election, Jean-Marc Zulesi, Renaissance MP, Fabienne Keller, Renaissance MEP, and the possible returns of Joël Giraud and Sarah El Haïry , Secretaries of State responsible respectively for Rural Affairs and Youth in the previous five-year term.

The common point of the new members of the government will be "to be able to share the roadmap which was chosen by the French" with the election of Emmanuel Macron, underlines Aurore Bergé, suggesting that the oppositions demanding an "amended" project in will be at their expense.

Replace ministers who failed in the legislative elections

If building the balance of a new team is always complex, the exercise is this time even more so after the slap of the loss of the absolute majority in the National Assembly in June, which should oblige the executive to increase the place of the partners of Renaissance, MoDem and Horizons, and to try to take hold on the right or on the left, within the framework of the political "overcoming" advocated by Emmanuel Macron.

A heavyweight in the government mentioned Friday the need to have above all "competent" ministers, and having "control of Parliament" where compromises will have to be built.

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For the president of the MoDem François Bayrou, faced with the "serious" questions encountered by France, "it is good that there are political figures, who have in mind that the country's problems are not cut out file by file", he pointed out on LCI on Sunday, implicitly warning against too technocratic profiles.

Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne has thus multiplied meetings with the bosses of groups in the Assembly in recent days, to end with exchanges with Emmanuel Macron on Friday.

The first is to replace the three ministers who failed in the legislative elections, all women, while continuing to respect parity: Amélie de Montchalin (Ecological Transition), Brigitte Bourguignon (Health) and Justine Benin (Sea).

Not to mention Yaël Braun-Pivet (Overseas), who has just been elected President of the National Assembly.

Decide on the Damien Abad case, accused of attempted rape

Sensitive subject, the case of Damien Abad (Solidarity) will also be decided, while the minister is under investigation by the Paris prosecutor's office for attempted rape after the complaint of a woman for facts which would have taken place at a party in 2010.

"The Prime Minister will make the right decision in the coming hours" about her, assures Aurore Bergé, noting that "from the moment you have an open investigation, we then have people who are prevented from exercising their function".

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The tone is different for Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, the Secretary of State for Development who is reproached by patients for gestures that they consider to be like "rape" when she practiced as a gynecologist: she "clearly has all my support", underlines Aurore Bank.

The reshuffle, then the general policy speech delivered by Élisabeth Borne on Wednesday – for which she has still not said whether she would solicit the confidence of deputies by a vote – should make it possible to close what seemed like a long period of uncertainty for the executive, since the re-election of Emmanuel Macron on April 24, almost two and a half months ago.

The long-awaited bill on purchasing power will arrive before the Assembly on July 18, with the aim of adopting it "before the end of July and the beginning of August maximum, to have very rapid effects for the French", underlined Yaël Braun-Pivet on Sunday on France 3.

With AFP

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