Gérald Darmanin, first stone in Gabriel Attal’s shoe? | EUROtoday

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VSErmont police station (Val-d’Oise), Wednesday January 10. Gabriel Attal comes ahead, all smiles. He is welcomed by Gérald Darmanin. The two males shake palms however hardly change a phrase. During the journey, the brand new Prime Minister and the one who aspired to be one tried exhausting to not present something. But it’s an understatement to say that the latest declarations of the Minister of the Interior weren’t appreciated by the tenant of Matignon and his entourage.

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Tuesday, throughout a visit to the premises of the DGSI (General Directorate of Internal Security), responding to rumors about his potential change of ministerial portfolio, he declared: “I am not the man to shy away from the gendarmes, the police, the prefects, who, 100 days before the torch relay and 200 days before the Olympic Games, are going to risk their lives and put their reputation on the line. And you know, where I come from, we like to finish what we do”. The final sentence, specifically, appears like an actual affront: it’s a barely veiled reference to Gabriel Attal’s temporary stint at National Education – 5 months.

Then, within the night, whereas Emmanuel Macron and Gabriel Attal had been getting ready to dine collectively on the Élysée to debate the composition of the long run authorities, these near Gérald Darmanin knowledgeable the press that the minister had acquired “ assurances” from the President of the Republic that he would keep in Beauvau. A method of pulling the rug out from beneath Attal… “Gérald Darmanin is not renowned, even if he wanted to rename himself. He is campaigning very actively to stay but as long as his name is not on the list, nothing is done,” recollects an govt advisor. The Élysée has, furthermore, not commented on this “autonomination”. Finally, whereas different ministers or executives of the bulk issued lengthy tweets of help for Gabriel Attal, Darmanin was content material with a laconic message. “Congratulations to Gabriel Attal. I wish him every success in the service of the French,” he wrote, three hours after the announcement of Attal’s appointment, on his X account (previously Twitter).

“Sledgehammer blow”

“For Gérald, it’s terrible. It’s a massive blow. He will have difficulty digesting that a 34-year-old guy stole the position he has been coveting for so long. But they must put resentment and tensions aside. If we follow this logic of little vachardist barbs, we will all run into the wall together! “, warns a Renaissance deputy, who immediately reassures himself: “Darmanin has no interest in making a fuss. “He’s smart enough to absorb the shock and move on.” “The bond of subordination can create bitterness and resentment, but time will take its toll,” a authorities advisor needs to consider. To resolve variations, Gabriel Attal, who took care to name his authorities colleague simply after his appointment, shared breakfast with Gérald Darmanin this Wednesday in Matignon.

Some individuals level out that this isn’t the primary episode of tensions between the 2 formidable macronie leaders. “When Attal was at the Public Accounts, he walked several times on Darmanin’s flowerbeds but the fire never caught. It’s always calmed down because they don’t have the same temperament. Gérald is more of a fighter and Gabriel knows that returning blows is useless,” mentioned a Renaissance elected official who is aware of the 2 ministers properly. “They share the desire to pursue a policy close to the people. Both love being on the field, in action. I think they will make a lot of effort not to fuel the confrontation,” provides Violette Spillebout, Renaissance MP from the North. The subsequent few days will verify or deny this omen…