"I will not let go of anything," said Emmanuel Macron this week in a small group after the incident that occurred on January 17 in the evening at the Bouffes du Nord theater (Paris Xe). While attending the play "La Mouche", the president and his wife had to be secured a few minutes after the intrusion of a group of demonstrators. To make it clear that they would not change their habits, that evening they wanted to continue their program as they had imagined, or almost.
Once the performance was over, they offered themselves a dinner with the actors, not behind the scenes as it was originally planned, but in a Parisian restaurant. Message, in clear: we will not prevent them from going out, they who like to escape from the Elysée to go to the show or in wine bars. "They are not afraid," insists an intimate. "I have never known hatred at this level against a president, even under Sarkozy ...", confesses a faithful, more worried.
Close to the Macron, the actor Christian Hecq, member of the Comédie française, was present. "There was no leak. The show was interrupted for about twenty seconds, the actors slowed down their lines. I was behind the scenes, we wondered what was going on. People almost believed in an attack. The intrusion was quite violent, they threw projectiles, "says the Belgian actor, who says he saw the first lady go out under escort," and the president accompanied her to the exit "before coming back. "It was short, it was mastered". “They were in confinement for five minutes, time to go down and go up. The president wanted to regain his place in the audience. Brigitte did not want to disturb and followed the end at the back of the room, ”adds a member of the first circle.
"Try the dictatorship and you will see!"
More than this incident, it was the fire that broke out the same night at the La Rotonde restaurant (Paris VI) that shocked the Macron. "Not for them, for the employees", assures their entourage. The place has become emblematic of the macronie since the future president celebrated his qualification there in the second round. No question, however, of being bunkered. Last Sunday, the “first lady” went to the Enfoirés concert, for the benefit of Restos du Coeur. This Thursday, while the president was in Israel, she also surveyed the exhibition devoted to Toulouse-Lautrec at the Grand Palais and went to the theater in the evening.
How does the president live this tension, he whose family has, according to an adviser, received since 2017 letters of threats of the type "we will all die you, Macron"? “It's not someone who is physically afraid, it's not the type. He is rather: Let them come and get me ! Blows a loved one. Another dare: “It is part of his romantic vision of the job. "Macron had, moreover, had these brave words in the book" The people and the president "(Michel Lafon) by journalists Cécile Amar and Cyril Graziani on the yellow vests crisis:" They may kill me with a bullet , but never anything else. "
In the night from Thursday to Friday, on the plane bringing him from the Middle East, he returned to these incidents in front of several media (Le Monde, Le Figaro and Radio J). "There is a fundamental principle in democracy: respect for others, the prohibition of violence, hatred to be fought against," he insisted, sparking "extraordinarily guilty political speeches" and putting their authors to the test. challenge, in a very commented sentence: "Try the dictatorship and you will see! "
"Yes, it is a president who irritates"
In the viewfinder of the president and his people, the elected representatives of the opposition, in particular on the far left, whom they accuse of blowing on embers. These days, the macronists were particularly moved by a tweet from Raquel Garrido, ex-spokesperson for rebellious France, who relayed the words of a song of yellow vests during a procession against the reform of the retreats: "Louis XVI, Louis XVI, we beheaded him, Macron, Macron, we can start again". "He was right to punch the table. He is tired of hearing that France is a dictatorship! ", Praises a Walker, who concedes that the president" probably "also bears some responsibility after having dynamited the intermediary bodies, from political parties to unions.
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"Yes, it is a president who irritates. There is a whole discourse that has been built since 2017 on the president of the rich, and there were all these symbolic abuses with puppets during the Yellow Vests. It freed up unhealthy words, ”says a historic Walker. Who completes, as if to reassure himself: "This is not new. It's been thirty years that there has been a divorce from the political class. Look at Hollande, he never went out. Macron does not want to end up like him, a president prevented ".