the macronist executives draw up an uncompromising assessment of their failure

The LRM candidate in Paris Agnès Buzyn in February in the 5th arrondissement. CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / AFP

Agnès Buzyn is once again a candidate for mayor of Paris, and promises: “I will do everything to win. “ Does she believe it herself? Taking advantage of the confinement, the officials of La République en Marche (LRM) in the districts of the capital – the “referents”, according to the vocabulary used – wrote a confidential note which details all the flaws of the campaign launched by Benjamin Griveaux, then resumed in flight by the former Minister of Health. A cold analysis of the LRM fiasco in Paris, carried out from the inside by those who have been on the front line for more than a year. She leaves little hope of success in the second round, scheduled for June 28.

Internal dissensions, unreadable project, strategy too far removed from the initial promises of macronism, right-handed drift … The weak points noted in these seven pages undoubtedly have an impact beyond Paris. The authors of the text call on the party leadership to correct the situation as soon as possible. Objective: to limit breakage in the second round, but above all to secure the future of LRM in the capital, beyond a ballot considered to be lost in advance. “We have to project ourselves into an opposition role to strengthen our local roots in Paris, whatever the outcome of the election”, they write.

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The document, which began to circulate within the party, was written at a time when the campaign was stopped. “We needed to reflect together on what we had lived, to atone, perhaps, to move on to something else”, says one of the authors. “We put the deepest part of our heart into it”, entrusts another. Many of them executives in the private sector, they used to carry out “feedback” to learn from the failures. During two weeks, the text was worked collectively, then validated by the twenty or so Parisian referents. “It reflects a very shared point of view”, say many of them.

Everything looked so good

The note was presented, at the beginning of May, to the general delegate of LRM, Stanislas Guerini, himself a candidate in the 17e borough. At the time, the referents were preparing for the cancellation of the first round and the organization of a new full election in the fall, or even in 2021. This would have made it possible to replace Agnès Buzyn with another candidate, revise the lists and review the program.

Another scenario was chosen. Executives of the movement hope that their message will nevertheless have carried. “We already see it”, wants to believe one of them, quoting “The clarified internal organization that has just been put in place” and the project more focused on solidarity which should be presented in the coming days. Not sure, however, that the alliance with Les Républicains (LR) envisaged in the 5e district to save the outgoing mayor, Florence Berthout, meets the expectations of referents, often “walkers” from the start.

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