Analysis. In 2014, Nicolas Sarkozy came out of his political retirement in a staging described by his spokesperson at the time, a certain Gérald Darmanin, as a “Return to the people”. The supporters of the former head of state then sought to convince themselves of the cathartic dimension offered by the vision of a lonely man plunged into the midst of the French as in a bath of youth.
The operation ended, not the method. For the second time since the start of the five-year term, Emmanuel Macron is preparing to “return” to the people. ” My people “, according to the expression he used during an interview with France 2, in 2017. “The wear and tear of power is stronger today than yesterday, you need regular re-legitimation. The president accepts this idea ”, assures his former adviser, the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune.
Emmanuel Macron therefore begins in the Lot, Wednesday, June 2, a Tour de France of ten stages supposed to last at least a month. The opportunity to interact with “Residents and traders”, according to the Elysée, while adapting each time the pedigree of its interlocutors to “The generational, geographic, economic, social reality” of the territories concerned. The objective, says the Head of State, is to ” to take the pulse “ of France in this way out of the health crisis. “The deep nature of the President of the Republic, when there is a questioning of the country, is to go into the field, to have a confrontation with the reality and the life of the basic French, where there is a more authentic voice than mediated voices ”, praises the president of the MoDem, François Bayrou.
In 2020, in front of deputies, the Head of State distinguished between a supposed “Real country” – the basis of society – and the “Legal country”, represented by the elites. A concept borrowed from the thinker of Action Française, Charles Maurras, a leading figure in nationalism.
“The roots of the Republic”
Several members of Emmanuel Macron’s entourage quietly feed this speech on the “Shift” Come in “The rumor of the mainstream media and the reality of the country”. The “Media class”, to use the expression of the Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin, being perceived as an intermediary body that should be bypassed. Mr. Macron often flees press conferences.
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