Faced with the return of the left-right divide, the macronists confronted with the limits of “at the same time”

The Minister for the Ecological Transition, Barbara Pompili, and the government spokesperson, Gabriel Attal, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on February 10.

The “Overtaking” is it outdated? In the space of a few days and two controversies, the executive saw the reappearance within it of the right-left divide that Emmanuel Macron has been trying to break up for almost four years.

After the media clash between some of his ministers on the reality or not of the impregnation of “Islamo-leftism” at the university, here comes the conflict around vegetarian menus in school canteens.

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Monday, February 22, the Minister of Ecological Transition, Barbara Pompili, denounced the “Prehistoric debate” instructed even within the government against the establishment, by the ecological mayor of Lyon, Grégory Doucet, of a single menu without meat in the canteens of the city. A decision qualified on the contrary of ” shame “ by his colleague in agriculture, Julien Denormandie, thus re-emerging an ideological line of fracture within the majority between two conceptions of ecology; one conforms to the classic standards of the left, while the other says it is anxious to embody the hold with the “Real”.

From the government spokesperson, Gabriel Attal, to the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, several members of the government supported Mr. Denormandie’s criticisms. The first denounced the absence of “Choice” left to the children, the second politics “Elitist of the Greens”, who “Exclude” according to him “The popular classes”. “We hear that children from somewhat disadvantaged backgrounds eat less meat than others, studies show the opposite”, replied Barbara Pompili.

Government cacophony

In turn, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, has distanced himself. “There is no need to argue”, he evacuated on Monday, saying to himself “Not shocked that we can offer menus without meat or fish at school”. Especially since the former mayor (La République en Marche, LRM) of Lyon, Gérard Collomb, himself adopted the same measure at the start of the Covid-19 epidemic, in order to facilitate services.

As revealed Politico, this government cacophony forced Nicolas Revel, director of Prime Minister Jean Castex’s cabinet, to send a message on behalf of the latter to his counterparts in the ministries: please “Do not fuel self-supporting controversies”. The debate however spilled over into the majority, sparking a distant duel between members of the left wing and the right wing of La République en Marche (LRM) on their relationship to ecology. While the spokesperson for the presidential party, Jean-Baptiste Moreau, publicly criticized Mr.me Pompili to run out of ” loyalty “, the Macronist deputy for Paris Hugues Renson denounced “Sterile polemics” maintained by his colleague from La Creuse, from whom he demanded the resignation of the spokesperson of LRM.

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