Officially, he would not interfere. "I'm not in partisan politics , " he himself said on June 24, during a trip to Marseille. In fact, Emmanuel Macron is largely involved in the preparation of the municipal elections of March 2020, crucial for the territorial implantation of his camp. "The president follows very closely," confirms one of his relatives.
After having supervised and validated the first wave of investiture by La Republique en marche (LRM), in June, the Head of State is now focusing on Paris, Lyon and Marseille. "This is the presidential responsibility , " sums up a Macronist strategist. Nothing more "logical" for another: "The evening of the result, these cities will represent two thirds of the political and media impact. "
Recently, the President of the Republic has therefore set his troops the strategy to follow in the three largest French cities. Their fate was on the menu of a lunch organized at the Elysee on October 8 around the head of state, bringing together the leaders of the presidential party and the national commission of investiture. On these three specific issues, Mr. Macron was pragmatic: he opted for three different attitudes. Interventionism with variable geometry.
In Lyon, he did not hesitate to decide directly. After attempting a mediation in the standoff between Gerard Collomb and David Kimelfeld for the presidency of the city, the head of state took up the cause for his former home affairs minister. During the informal meeting at the Elysee with the leaders of the majority, he clearly asked them to grant the Macronist investiture to the one who was his first support weight and without which, in his eyes, LRM would have difficulty in keep his fief.
"The president was keen to protect one of his historical supporters, which he was very close to," says a macronist.
The next day, he announced his arbitration to the principal concerned, on the sidelines of a presidential trip to Lyon, during the conference of the Global Fund to fight against AIDS. "I posed the question frankly to the President of the Republic: " Do you want me to be a candidate? " He said to me:" Yes, I want you to be a candidate ", " said Gerard Collomb, Sunday, October 20, Franceinfo. On October 14, five days after the decision of the Head of State, the statement of the nomination commission ratified the choice of Mr. Macron. To the chagrin of his rival. Camp Kimelfeld regretting "the fact of the prince" ...