How Gérald Darmanin weaves his networks and cultivates his ambitions | EUROtoday

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The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, during a demonstration of the security system developed for the Olympic flame route, in Beynes (Yvelines), March 18, 2024.

Bitterness tormented him for a time. But, this Wednesday, March 27, when he crossed the gates of rue de Varenne to attend the federal government seminar organized by the Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, the tenant of Place Beauvau, Gérald Darmanin, not lets his disappointment present. In a dream life, imagined in the summertime of 2023, it was he, a provincial elected official, the son of a cleansing woman, who would have held the helm of presidency. Somewhat greater than six months after being approached to guide the chief, Gérald Darmanin, 41, has, assures these round him, mourned Matignon.

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From the council room, the previous Sarkozy chief is main a brand new combat: carving out a political stature with accents of “ social Gaullism. A line which, he says, inspires him. Before Bruno Le Maire, the Minister of the Economy, who is looking for ways to save money to contain the slippage in public finances, the Minister of the Interior asks: could we not tackle aid to businesses? And when we talk about reducing unemployment benefits, he calls for keeping an eye on the fate of single mothers who are legion in his northern stronghold.

The forty-year-old who demanded his camp in 2022 “more bistros and fewer videos” roams the nation, weaves its networks, treats elected officers, suggesting that politics can be a avenue battle. In Roubaix (North), Monday March 25, like a military chief, he unfolds underneath the attention of the cameras a map of the Lille metropolitan space on the hood of a automotive, figuring out the drug kingpins to be arrested within the framework of “XXL net space” operations.

“I’m going to be more in the background”

“We are fighting for the tranquility of the French”, he explains to France 2’s “20 Heures” the identical night. Of “bullshit”castigates the president of the Les Républicains (LR) social gathering, Eric Ciotti, believing that the Minister of the Interior is attacking “the scum of things” by not focusing on worldwide drug flows. The day earlier than, the nation went right into a state of “emergency attack” alert after the terrorist assault close to Moscow on March 22, claimed by the Islamic State group. But Gérald Darmanin reassures, evoking the litany of foiled assaults, “one every two months”. The scenario is underneath management, he stated, “we have never been so armed against terrorism”.

Four months earlier than the Paris Olympic Games (JOP), the place the highlight will probably be on him, Gérald Darmanin is crusing “in his hallway”, within the phrases of these round him, conscious {that a} mistake may very well be deadly to his political future. Finished, the ” comment “, guarantee its groups. Yesterday looking out for the media, Gérald Darmanin has “only” finished three “20 hours” since his reappointment in January. “He is thinking in his room”we describe Place Beauvau.

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