Jean Castex facing the government’s “big mouths” ball

“Close the ban: there is no controversy! ” Jean Castex raises the tone in this 1is September. Coming to Châteauroux, in Indre, to talk about the start of the school year, the Prime Minister finds himself assailed by journalists, who ask him to comment on the weapon pass between his Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, and that of justice, Eric Dupond-Moretti, around the term of“Wildly” of French society.

“Close the ban” ? Not really. Barely hours after his intervention, Gérald Darmanin puts a part back in the machine during a trip to Val-de-Marne: “Personally, I use the word wild and I repeat it. “

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It will take the intervention of Emmanuel Macron during the government seminar on September 9 for the two rebels to fall into line. Jean Castex, meanwhile, will not even have picked up his phone to ask Mr. Darmanin to cut back on his favorite expression. “For a minister to stand up to the head of government, that creates a precedent”, deplores one of his colleagues.

So goes the life of Prime Minister at a time when the government casting is above all thought to exist in the eyes of the general public. Deploring that most of his ministers from civil society do not make an impression on public opinion, Emmanuel Macron has chosen to surround himself with “stars” and strong characters: Roselyne Bachelot for culture, Bruno Le Maire for economy, Barbara Pompili for ecology, Jean-Michel Blanquer for national education, in addition to MM. Darmanin and Dupond-Moretti, already mentioned above …

Strong personalities

The time for the start of the 2017 school year is long past when, tell the oldest members of the Macronist adventure, many ministers were frightened at the idea of ​​“going out” in the media or meeting journalists. “One of the big problems of the previous government was the low number of issuers”, recalls a ministerial adviser.

Eric Dupond-Moretti during questions to the government in the National Assembly on 15 September.

Today, some see the new team as a replica of the government of Lionel Jospin (1997-2002), which saw such strong personalities as Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Martine Aubry and Jean-Pierre Chevènement coexist. A situation which does not go without difficulties for Jean Castex, unknown to the general public only three months ago, and which does not have its own political legitimacy.

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