The decor is set, the actors enter the scene. After placing his end of mandate under the sign of the economic, social, environmental and cultural reconstruction of the country, Emmanuel Macron appointed Jean Castex to Matignon on Friday to replace Edouard Philippe. “ A new stage in the quinquennium is opening, it is very largely dictated by a new, heavy, difficult context. The health crisis is unfortunately not over , warned Jean Castex during the handover with Édouard Philippe. The economic and social crisis is already there. Priorities will therefore have to evolve. The methods will have to be adapted and we will need more than ever to unite the nation. ”
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A speech in line with that of Emmanuel Macron, who warned against a " difficult " return . " I am not here to seek light," assured Jean Castex a little later on TF1. I am here to seek results as part of the vigorous stimulus package we are preparing for our country. ”
At the Élysée, we cut a flattering suit for the new prime minister: " man of successful deconfinement", "elected local with a strong anchorage", "social Gaullist with a career as a senior official " and above all " close to Nicolas Sarkozy and Xavier Bertrand ”. Jean Castex was deputy secretary general of the first at the Élysée, director of cabinet of the second at the Ministry of Health, then at Work. After his appointment, he immediately called Nicolas Sarkozy.
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The arrival of Jean Castex at Matignon is not entirely by chance. Emmanuel Macron can read an electoral map. Under the foam of the green wave which swept over the major cities of the country in the second round of the municipal elections, the President of the Republic observed the good resistance of the right. The propensity of the left to tear itself up has not escaped him either. The appointment of Jean Castex, " it is a Macronian choice in line with the spirit of going beyond 2017, " says one around the entourage of the Head of State. At the time, when Emmanuel Macron appointed Édouard Philippe, it was a question of breaking up the right. The objective has not changed, although it is not the only one.
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It must also respond to the fundamental movement that is taking hold in society in defense of the environment. It must also respond to the social crisis that comes after two months of confinement. With Jean Castex, Emmanuel Macron chose a technician more than a politician. The President of the Republic will now find himself on the front line, supported by the political ministers he will appoint to the Environment, the Economy and Labor. Without forgetting the royal domain, where French expectations are high. " We can not reconcile the country if the country does not regain confidence in him, " slipped a close to Edouard Philippe before the reshuffle. The task now falls to Jean Castex, but not only. It is the appointments in the large ministries which will give the political coloring of the new executive. The new prime minister wants to go fast and hopes to have completed the casting of his government this weekend for a general policy speech in the course of next week. "We must act, work quickly," he insisted.