Sigh of a Macronist, on the eve of the first round of departmental and regional elections: "It's going to be a long day ..." For Emmanuel Macron and Jean Castex, this high-risk Sunday will begin with a vote in their respective strongholds, Le Touquet (Pas-de-Calais) and Prades (Pyrénées-Orientales).
Then, return to Paris.
At the Elysee Palace for Emmanuel Macron, phone in hand and heavyweights of the majority - Jean Castex, François Bayrou, Richard Ferrand, Stanislas Guerini - at the end of the line.
With an acceleration of the pace throughout the day.
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In Matignon for Jean Castex, who, "to stall the messages", will receive there at 6.30 pm the candidate ministers, the only members of the government authorized to go to the sets on Sunday evening and Monday morning.
"In addition to the candidate ministers and the government spokesperson, we invite you to discuss with Matignon before accepting the presence of your ministers on any program", thus formalizes a message sent to government communicators.
"It seemed logical, they are the main concerned", argues the entourage of Castex.
"Good luck to those, because it will hurt!"
»Quips a ministerial employee.
Acute reunion between the tenors of the majority
The feathered hats of the four parties of the majority (LREM, Modem, Agir and Territories of Progress) met on video this Saturday morning.
And for the third time in a week!
Objective, according to one participant: "to discuss on the national line, to tour the thirteen regions to examine the possible scenarios for positioning in the second round".
A new meeting of this type is scheduled for Sunday at 5.30 p.m., before another in an expanded format at 6.30 p.m.
This is to say if the situation is thorny and boondoggles prohibited ...
Divided on the modalities of the Republican front (dry withdrawal, maintenance, merger…), the majority will have to take a position in the regions where the RN will emerge in a position of strength.
"We will have to keep our cool, have clear ideas and prevent things from going all over the place," sums up one executive.
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Emmanuel Macron will take note of the results in a small committee, with his closest advisers at the Elysee. Jean Castex will remain in Matignon, surrounded by the main officials of the majority and ministers such as Gabriel Attal, Jean-Michel Blanquer, Emmanuelle Wargon or Olivier Dussopt. "The president did not want to have an election evening and he asked Jean Castex to do it", whispers a faithful of the Head of State. To better keep these delicate ballots at bay? Is it only possible ... He has already swept the situation in each region with his lieutenants. And no one imagines that it will remain out of the game between the two rounds of a ballot, all the more crucial and unavoidable as the presidential election is being played out in just ten short months.