A marking on the panties.
Monday, April 19, Emmanuel Macron boarded a BAC car in a sensitive area of Montpellier (Hérault), then went to a deal point dismantled by the police.
The next day, Xavier Bertrand reacts by proposing to introduce, if he enters the Elysee Palace, an automatic prison sentence in the event of an attack against the police or the mayors: "If what I am proposing was in instead, there could have been no acquittals in the trial of the burnt policemen at Viry-Châtillon, ”he trumpets on Europe 1.
This measure is not to the taste of the Minister of Justice, Eric Dupond-Moretti, who made it known: "Mr. Bertrand therefore proposes a modification of the Constitution to automatically send to prison any person arrested without proof or trial," writes he on Twitter.
No police officer, no magistrate will agree to substitute the principle of Justice for the logic of the raid ”.
Mr. Bertrand therefore proposes a modification of the constitution to automatically send to prison any person arrested without proof or trial.
No policeman, no magistrate will agree to substitute the principle of Justice for the logic of the raid.
- Eric Dupond-Moretti (@E_DupondM) April 20, 2021
This counterattack made some of his government colleagues wince.
"We must ignore Xavier Bertrand, do not spend his life taking care of it, because he is seated in our political space, so he will not perform in the presidential election," comments a minister.
And then, Bertrand rings false, he gives off something insincere… ”“ You must not attack him head on, nor underestimate him, only show him as he is, with a little derision.
He's the guy who comes to repair your car engine… ”, squeaks, not without disdain, a heavyweight of the majority.
On the Bertrand side, on the other hand, we like to highlight a journey started far from the great Parisian schools.
"At this stage, the president is not very worried"
So, retaliate or not, at the risk of letting the presidential candidacy of the former LR take hold? The majority hesitate. At the Elysee Palace, Emmanuel Macron seems rather to want to calm his troops against a contender who gravitates to nearly 16% of voting intentions. “At this stage, the president is not very worried, slips one of his relatives. He watches Bertrand do it, that's all. The idea is clearly not to give it more importance than that. The president is more concerned about right-wing voters who might be tempted to switch to Marine Le Pen. Because these, we know very well that we will not be able to recover them once they have crossed the Rubicon ”.
In private, Macron was not very convinced by the language elements of LREM when the outgoing president of Hauts-de-France announced that he was determined to run for the Elysee Palace, in an interview at Point end of March. The deputies and executives of the movement were quick to ironize the fact that it was at least the third time that the elected official formalized his candidacy for the presidential election. “Suddenly, it had the opposite effect, giving the impression that the majority had prepared an anti-Bertrand response, which, de facto, installed him in a potential match with Macron. In short, what must not be done, ”laments a member of the government.
“Everyone says that Bertrand is super high, but the right, normally, is 30% in the polls.
So historically they've never even had such a weak candidate.
He even does less than Fillon at the top of business!
So the subject still needs to be put into perspective ”.
Even to trivialize, some argue.
"Xavier Bertrand would make an excellent Minister of the Economy for Emmanuel Macron" when the latter "has been re-elected President of the Republic," said Bruno Le Maire on BFMTV.
"I have carefully read Xavier Bertrand's proposals, he calls for a reduction in production taxes, we are the only majority to have initiated this reduction in taxes," continued the boss of Bercy.
Xavier Bertrand, itinerary of a former "small insurer" who became a candidate for the Elysée
Until 2022, a first battle is looming: that of regional in Hauts-de-France, where Xavier Bertrand puts his title on the line. The majority will be represented by Secretary of State Laurent Pietraszewski. A local figure, but little known. "We must help him, send heavy weights," pleads a prominent minister. The opportunity, perhaps, to stop a course of action.