On Tuesday, Emmanuel Macron will fly to China.
Two days before an eleventh day against the pension reform, at the heart of a mobilization which has begun to decrease but remains far from over.
As necessary as this trip is, it was not necessary that, from Africa a month ago to Beijing, the only presidential outings should be on the international scene.
China could not be to him what Romania was to de Gaulle in May 1968. It was in France, it was with the French that the head of state had to appear.
The announcement of the water plan at the lake of Serre-Ponçon (Hautes-Alpes) therefore contained this message: neither impediment nor isolation.
Nor impediment because, if the ministers were instructed to limit their movements, it was important to show that the social climate did not make the president a prisoner in his country.
This is also why Elisabeth Borne will go to Nièvre on Tuesday, the first outing for her on the “field” for two months.
And no isolation...
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