ex-minister Aurélien Rousseau, candidate of the left, within the marketing campaign within the face of nice political confusion | EUROtoday

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Emmanuel Macronau's former health minister Aurélien Rousseau, then health minister, at the Elysée presidential palace, in Paris, December 12, 2023.

Hôtel de Matignon, March 2023. Night has fallen and Aurélien Rousseau, director of Elisabeth Borne's workplace, appears to be like on the work. ” It does not go through “he mentioned, counting the variety of votes of Les Républicains (LR) deputies to vote ric-rac on the extremely contested pension reform. “No, that’s not happening”, the voice of a person resonates within the room, the president of LR, Eric Ciotti. The macronism desk introduced collectively an enarque who had been within the cupboards of the Hollande five-year time period, a communist in his youth in Gard, and the deputy for Alpes-Maritimes who mentioned in 2022 he most popular Eric Zemmour to Emmanuel Macron. Here they’re each in the identical boat, collectively in opposition to the favored mobilizations led by the leaders of the left.

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A 12 months later, every thing modified. The trajectory of the 2 males illustrates the accelerated separation of the political area. There “clarification”desired on the Elysée, after the victory of the National Rally (RN) within the European elections and the dissolution of the Assembly, turns into nice confusion of labels and benchmarks. Aurélien Rousseau, architect of “49.3” [l’article de la Constitution permettant de faire adopter un texte sans vote au Parlement] who raised the authorized retirement age to 64, is a candidate for the legislative elections underneath the colours of the New Popular Front, an alliance which guarantees… to repeal the pension reform. Eric Ciotti joined the RN of Jordan Bardella, who has simply postponed his promise to unravel the identical reform.

When Aurélien Rousseau jumps into the electoral battle, Friday June 14, pressed by the mayor of Marseille, Benoît Payan, the nationwide secretary of the PS, Olivier Faure, the chief of Place publique, Raphaël Glucksmann, and François Hollande, his phone doesn’t cease to vibrate. The identify Eric Ciotti seems on the display screen. “We do the same thing, we become radicalized! », laughs the LR boss, excluded from his party by his staff. The deputy for Alpes-Maritimes was still trying to avoid, ten days earlier, censorship by the Attal government, for fear of this “fool’s diagonal” that Emmanuel Macron may set off – the dissolution and its electoral ax.

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The rallying of Aurélien Rousseau was much less amusing on the Elysée. “I’m stunned”tells him Alexis Kohler, his ex-counterpart with whom he shared “PR-PM” lunches [entre le président de la République et le premier ministre]. “We can discuss our astonishments”retorts the accused, who had triggered the fury of Emmanuel Macron when he slammed the door on the “immigration” regulation. “I was a left-wing guy in Macronie, I’m not pretending to have been an undercover agent”, he says in the present day, since, all issues thought-about, he would have most popular to hold out the reform with Laurent Berger's CFDT somewhat than with the best. On the left, Raphaël Glucksmann needed this former minister to interrupt with Macronie, best for giving his supporters extra weight within the crew. “We need social democrats, so you have to be in them”he insisted to the State Councilor, initially uncertain.

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