Emmanuel Macron's recent call to the comic Jean-Marie Bigard about the fate of bars and restaurants has caused a lot of ink to flow. Especially since, since then, the humorist has admitted to being “interested” in a candidacy in 2022. This feeds all the speculation. According to our information, the domain name Bigard2022.fr was even reserved on February 18, 2020. " I am not aware, it does not come from me, " says Bigard.
Anyway, this is not the first exchange between the comedian in the troop register and the Macron couple. In July 2018, Jean-Marie Bigard published a video for Brigitte Macron. It is a call to save the maternity of Guingamp (Côtes-d'Armor), threatened with closure.
Appeal heard. The first lady wasted no time in calling the comic on her cell phone. “ I was in my car, when I receive his call, says Jean-Marie Bigard to Le Figaro. I stop on a highway stop. There she tells me that with the president they saw the video. I explain to him that I was ready to help if there were not enough births! I remind him that I finance a maternity on my own money in Burkina Faso, so we are not going to close establishments in my country, in France! "
" We take care of it "
At the end of the phone, the first lady announced that the case was going to be taken care of: " Your message has been heard. It will not be a sword stroke. We take care of it ”. A few days later, the Élysée called Bigard back. " I was then warned that Guingamp's maternity hospital was going to remain open, that it had a two-year suspension ," recalls the comic. " Watch out, I'll be there in two years!" Answers Bigard.
Indeed, the decision was not long in being formalized. En Marche MP Yannick Kerlogot confirmed on July 19, 2018 that he had received a letter from President Emmanuel Macron stating that "he wanted an extension until July 2020" . The president reminds, in passing, that " if the conditions for the long-term and safe operation of maternity were not met by this date, the question of transforming maternity into a nearby perinatal center would have to be asked again ".