Jacques Serais, edited by Alexandre Dalifard 06:20, January 17, 2023

While the mobilization against the pension reform takes place on Thursday, the balance of power between the executive and the unions is engaged.

A pivotal moment in Emmanuel Macron's second five-year term.

However, relatively few ministers are coming to the fore in the media to defend this reform.


Alongside Elisabeth Borne, only a handful of ministers received the green light from the Elysée to go and defend the pension reform on the sets and in the studios.

The Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire, that of the budget Gabriel Attal, Olivier Dussopt the Minister of Labor, Clément Beaune for transport, Stanislas Guerini for the Civil Service or Olivier Véran, as spokesperson.

A tight team to "avoid at all costs that a member of the government makes a mistake" according to an adviser to the executive.


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“We are a bit alone”

The reform is technical.

A mistake in explanation or a slip-up in an interview could inflame the debate.

It is a question, confides a macronist strategist, “not to cause the slightest spark before the mobilization of Thursday”.

“We are a bit alone”, admits one of these ministers pushed to the front of the stage.

And even when there are no cameras or microphones, members of the government have been instructed to limit their travel and official visits during this period to avoid any aggression against them.

Which obviously does not help the field work to convince the French: Renaissance has printed 10,000 leaflets just for Paris, there is no rush to distribute them.

"I'm still looking for volunteers" regrets an executive of the presidential party.

"The towing is a flop" notes, bitterly, a heavyweight minister.