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Emmanuel Macron, leaning on the tobacco bar in Roulans, in Doubs, during a non-press visit, February 6, 2024.

No one had been warned. When the convoy of the President of the Republic stopped, on February 6 round 3:30 p.m., in entrance of the just about empty tobacco bar in Roulans, in Doubs, the astonishment was complete. Accompanied by round ten safety officers, the top of state, who had lunch two hours earlier on the Elysée with the Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, stopped for a espresso on this village of Bourgogne-Franche- County. “It’s the surprise of the day, of the year and even of the century! »exulted, afterwards, the manager of the bistro in the local press.

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Neither the prefect, nor the mayor, nor even the Renaissance deputy for the constituency, Eric Alauzet, were warned. When the first photos of the head of state leaning on the bar were posted on Facebook, alerting the correspondent of The Republican East, Emmanuel Macron has already left the establishment. In the game of cat and mouse with journalists, the President of the Republic is well ahead.

The Elysée will only reveal the reason for this intriguing journey a posteriori: invited, a few days earlier, by the president of the Young Farmers, Arnaud Gaillot, to come to his farm to discuss with union representatives, Emmanuel Macron would simply have wanted to respond to this invitation. The Presidential Press Association took offense, in a press release on February 7, to this trip ” in catimini “, “on a hot topic that concerns all citizens”. Responsible for reporting on the actions of the Head of State within the train of his duties, journalists accredited to the Elysée name on the presidency: “If there had been the slightest incident, the slightest unforeseen event concerning the first personage of the State, would the public have been aware of it? Besides, how did this trip take place? Impossible to know. »

Joys of the getaway

The President of the Republic did not see fit, in the midst of an agricultural crisis, to allow the media to follow this trip, because he was able to observe, explains an advisor to the Elysée, “that, sometimes, exchanges freeze and sincerity diminishes in the presence of cameras and microphones”. While seated in entrance of a cheese platter and a glass of wine, “his interlocutors can speak without filter”, “a complicity is established”.

After six and a half years of touring round France to fulfill the French underneath the attention of journalists, the Head of State, in the hunt for“authenticity” and of “spontaneity”, “wants something else”, continues the identical advisor. And intends to extend the variety of journeys outdoors the press and out of doors the agenda. It is furthermore The world who tells the mayor (Les Républicains, LR) of Argenteuil, Georges Mothron, that the top of state visited, on February 8, the palliative care unit of the hospital in his city, in Val-d 'Oise.

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