Great servant of the State for some, simple performer for others ... The appointment of Jean Castex as Prime Minister on Friday did not fail to question the political class. Starting with the right, where reactions are mixed towards the ex-LR mayor of Prades - he resigned from the party this Friday morning. Jean Castex " has all the intrinsic qualities for the functions of prime minister, " said Raymond Soubie, for example, a former adviser to Nicolas Sarkozy. Same enthusiasm for the former Sarkozy minister, Nora Berra, who hails " her great sense of the state " and " her local roots as a major asset in the face of the democratic divide" The entourage of Nicolas Sarkozy has also informed BFMTV that the former president retains with regard to his ex-advisor " affection and friendship ".
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Among the old LRs, we also salute the qualities of the new Prime Minister. The President of Hauts-de-France, Xavier Bertrand, who worked with Jean Castex during his time at the Ministry of Health, " appreciates the qualities of a servant of the State of Jean Castex " . " They will be essential in the difficult times that we are going to know ... May they correct the poor choices of the President of the Republic ", he clawed towards Emmanuel Macron. Valérie Pécresse, president of the Île-de-France region, hopes that the appointment of Jean Castex " reflects a political shift by Emmanuel Macron towards more firmness, the fight against fractures and decentralization ".
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On the side of the boss of LR Christian Jacob, the tone is radically different. The change of prime minister " marks a technocratic turn to manage the day-to-day business of the end of a five-year term ", according to the Chiraquien. Same thing for the deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes, Éric Ciotti, according to whom the new prime minister will only have a role of executing the presidential will. " By appointing Jean Castex whose only legitimacy is technocratic Emmanuel Macron dissolves Matignon, " he thundered, stressing " the drift towards a totally personal and authoritarian power " of the head of state. A criticism shared by the sovereignist president of Debout la France, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan.
At the National Rally (RN), the number two of the party, Jordan Bardella, believes that Macron " appointed a technician, a staff member. There is not a Frenchman who is capable of determining the political line of this Mr. Castex, ”he taunts Le Figaro. Just like the president of the party, Marine Le Pen, for whom Jean Castex is " the double of Edouard Philippe without popularity ".
The new Prime Minister's original political family - The Republicans - also irritates the left, convinced that this new face masks a continuity in the policy of the executive. "The day after will be right like the day before," said the first secretary of the Socialist Party, Olivier Faure. With Jean Castex, "the left completes its coming out Sarkozyst" , adds Corinne Narassiguin, national secretary for the coordination of the PS. "A little more to the right, always to the right, and again to the right," insisted on summing up on BFMTV the party spokesperson, Rachid Temal.
In the ranks of the rebels, the new head of government is described as " docile", "techno" and "especially not a headache" for Emmanuel Macron: his career as a high official is severely judged. "An enarch from the right gives way to another," insists MP Insoumis Bastien Lachaud. In favor of a 6th Republic, the parliamentarian took advantage of this appointment to sign the death warrant for the current regime. With a Prime Minister "reduced to being a collaborator with no other legitimacy than the fact of the prince" , the Fifth Republic "arrives" , according to him, "at the end of its monarchical rotting" .