With her outspokenness and her colorful outfits, Roselyne Bachelot leaves no one indifferent.
Minister of Ecology and Sustainable Development under Jacques Chirac (from 2002 to 2004), of Health and Sports under Nicolas Sarkozy (from 2007 to 2010), of Culture under Emmanuel Macron (202062022), but also a TV columnist and radio, he is a prominent figure in the political and media sphere.
A public figure, who, as usual, has drawn strong criticism, whether on his physique or on his diplomatic choices.
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If it is a game for which she signed, Roselyne Bachelot nevertheless confided in the consequences of her notoriety with those close to her.
At the microphone of the
program "Chez Jordan" , broadcast on July 1, Emmanuel Macron's former Minister of Culture, explained: "I am strong, I am able to overcome the fact that you can say things about my physique.
But my relatives took it with such pain… ”The latter then referred to an episode, perhaps one of the most painful of her career, when her son confessed to him to be the victim of school harassment.
Visibly very moved, Roselyne Bachelot remembered the time when Pierre Bachelot, born of her union with Jacques Bachelot, in 1969, placed a letter on her pillow, when he was only 11 years old.
"Mom, it's hard to be your son," he wrote.
A moving message, which plunges her, at the time, into a deep questioning.
“Do I have the right to impose on my loved ones the fact of being mocked in a playground, of being attacked by teachers?”, she wonders then.
At that time, the one who was barely thirty years old and an activist in the Rassemblement pour la République (RPR), learned that her son was "martyred" and had been "beaten" by one of his teachers, "opponent of his political family" .
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After having "carried high" the case for the teacher to be dismissed from the establishment, the politician will continue to ask herself questions.
"At the time, we weren't talking about school bullying, but it was akin to that," she explains.
And to add: “And there we say to ourselves, should I continue?
Am I not making mine miserable?
I talked about it a lot with those around me, of course.
They finally told me to continue but to be even closer, more in defense”, she concluded.
Like his mother
A very painful episode for her and for her son, Pierre Bachelot, who will not however discourage him from following in his mother's footsteps.
Indeed, he became her parliamentary adviser when she became Minister of Ecology from 2002 to 2004, and that of Minister of Health in 2007. Aged 52, he is now in charge of a mission to the general management of the National Institute for Prevention and Health Education (INPES).