The clarification came from Emmanuel Macron himself this Wednesday, in the middle of the Council of Ministers.
While Olivier Dussopt (in charge of Labour) is suspected by the courts of "favouritism" in a public procurement case, the President of the Republic took the opportunity, in front of all the members of the government present, to give him in a very frank and solemn way his "full and total support".
"Personal and political support", even dropped the Head of State in front of the audience, just to support his encouragement to the one who is also on the front line on the pension bill.
“We are lucky to have a courageous and competent minister”, insisted Emmanuel Macron, while the examination of the text in the National Assembly is a way of the cross for the majority, and that a majority of French still remain widely opposed to raising the legal retirement age to 64.
Macron "does not believe in chance"
Last Friday, an article from Mediapart nevertheless came to stir up trouble at the top of power.
He revealed that the National Financial Prosecutor's Office (PNF) retained the offense of "favouritism" as part of an investigation carried out on a public contract concluded at the end of the 2000s with the water treatment group Saur, when Olivier Dussopt was Deputy Mayor of Annonay (Ardèche).
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“The string is a little big.
Such an exit, the day before the examination of the text, does not fool anyone ”, had reacted several macronie executives in stride.
As if these revelations aimed above all to destabilize the government and its pension reform?
"I don't believe in chance," the President of the Republic himself said during the Council of Ministers.
In short, it is urgent to preserve Private Dussopt.
The day before, in the hemicycle, it was Elisabeth Borne who also stepped up to support him.
“At the heart of our democracy, there is a principle, the presumption of innocence.
And me, I want to say all my confidence, all the confidence of the President of the Republic in Olivier Dussopt, who is a committed minister, who was a committed mayor”, got carried away the Prime Minister, after a deputy from La France insoumise (Aurélien Saintoul) asked him “to clean up his government”.
The latter had gone so far as to quote the ministers implicated in various cases, before launching: “You are no longer leading a government, you are wading in a cesspool”.