Elisabeth Borne delivers her first classes about her months at Matignon in entrance of scholars | EUROtoday

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Elisabeth Borne at the National Assembly, in Paris, March 26, 2024.

Amphi 600 on the University of Western Brittany was virtually full this Friday, March 29. Some 400 first-year legislation college students gathered on its benches for the final class of their semester. Partials on the horizon, however above all of the uncommon alternative to listen to the previous Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, who got here in particular person to Brest (Finistère), on the invitation of the previous socialist Keeper of the Seals, Jean-Jacques Urvoas, who now teaches constitutional legislation. For virtually two hours, she outlined the primary classes of her twenty months spent at Matignon.

Starting level of the change between Mme Borne and the scholars, curious to know what she needed to say, an aphorism from the jurist and connoisseur of the Ve Pierre Avril Republic:[Le premier ministre], if it does not exist, it is missing; if it exists, it worries. » Edouard Balladur, head of government under François Mitterrand, spoke of “the most difficult function of the Fifth Republic, which one leaves only through sacrifice or defeat.”

Once once more a Renaissance deputy for Calvados after her resignation on January 8, Elisabeth Borne subscribes to the “sacrificial dimension” of the workplace of prime minister, a fortiori within the distinctive configuration of a National Assembly with a relative majority, composed of political forces with irreconcilable pursuits. “Obviously, such a scenario had a powerful affect on my perform by highlighting and hypertrophying [mon] function ” recognized Mme Thick headed. A role she describes as “extremely time consuming”, that of a “ball joint” making the articulation “between the president who legitimately wants to apply the program on which he has just been elected, and a Parliament which does not have a majority to do so.”

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Symptomatic of this inextricable political situation, the government's 23 recourses to article 49.3 to adopt the 2023 and 2024 budgets and the emblematic reform of Emmanuel Macron's second five-year term, that of pensions. “At some point, it’s part of the job. I took my responsibilities by being ready to assume a role of fuse, as provided for in the Constitution,” she justified herself.

Sharp findings

Without ever naming Emmanuel Macron, Elisabeth Borne gives, implicitly, the dynamics of her political and institutional relationship with the Head of State throughout her time at Matignon. “In common, the Presidents of the Republic discover that issues usually are not transferring ahead shortly sufficient and that in the event that they don't care for it, it received't transfer ahead. » His sharp observations on the follow of energy don’t cease there. “The higher involvement of the President of the Republic within the discipline of presidency is essentially to the detriment of his perform as head of state, guarantor of establishments and embodiment of the unity of the nation. (…) And then I additionally suppose that the very robust involvement of the president in present affairs reduces the power of the prime minister to play his or her function as a protect or fuse defending the pinnacle of state. »

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