A “non-event” reflecting a “power in the process of decomposition”: the government reshuffle on Monday was greeted by a barrage from the side of La France insoumise while the RN accused Emmanuel Macron of ignoring “once again” the legislative results. Even before the official announcement of the new government casting, many LFI executives fired sharp arrows on Twitter, comparing the executive to a “Titanic” in which “few volunteers” had wanted to board, according to the expression of the deputy Manual Bompard.
—Manuel Bompard (@mbompard) July 4, 2022
A “macronie at a standstill” for Autain
His colleague from Seine-Saint-Denis Clémentine Autain saw in the reshuffle the reflection of a “macronie at a standstill”. “Nothing new under the gray skies of the government (…) A little game of musical chairs, rare new profiles obviously acquired by old neoliberal recipes”, she tweeted, also attributing the ousting of Damien Abad , targeted by an investigation for attempted rape, to “feminist pressure”. Also referring to the dismissal of the Minister of Solidarity, the leader of the Insoumis in the Assembly Mathilde Panot welcomed the end of an “aberration”, ensuring that Damien Abad “should never have been appointed” to the government.
Nothing new under gray government skies #Redesign A little game of musical chairs, rare new profiles obviously won over to old neoliberal recipes, a minister implicated for rape finally eliminated under feminist pressure. The macronie at a standstill.
— Clementine Autain (@Clem_Autain) July 4, 2022
Several rebels also aimed their criticism at the general policy statement expected on Wednesday, again summoning Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne to submit to a vote of confidence. “The lifespan (of this new government, editor’s note) will perhaps be 48 hours. On Wednesday, the Prime Minister must submit to a vote of confidence, or else a motion of censure”, threatened Alexis Corbière.
The questioning of Christophe Béchu on the side of EELV
Within the other Nupes formations, the tone was initially more measured. On the EELV side, Sandrine Rousseau was surprised to “never have met (…) on the slightest environmental struggle” the new Minister of Ecological Transition Christophe Béchu.
For his part, the national secretary of the PCF Fabien Roussel once again made a slightly different music heard by being more wait-and-see. “Regardless of the cast, it is the policy that will be conducted that is decisive (…) It is not the composition of the government that makes the difference, it will be the general policy discourse”, he said. he said on Twitter. “The essential will be played in the National Assembly thanks to the vote of the French who did not give an absolute majority to the macronie”, added his lieutenant Ian Brossat.
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— Fabien Roussel (@Fabien_Roussel) July 4, 2022
Macron “ignores the verdict of the ballot box”, says Le Pen
On the right and on the far right, a certain wait-and-see attitude dominated even if the tone remained very critical. “Those who failed are all renewed. The President of the Republic is thus once again ignoring the verdict of the ballot boxes and the will of the French for another policy”, tweeted the leader of the RN deputies Marine Le Pen. RN spokesman Laurent Jacobelli particularly targeted Gérald Darmanin, returned to the Interior with a portfolio now extended to Overseas.
By a simple press release, Emmanuel Macron announces the new government. Those who failed are all reappointed. The President of the Republic is thus once again ignoring the verdict of the ballot box and the desire of the French people for another policy.
– Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) July 4, 2022
“After the fiasco of the Stade de France, the repeated lies, the inability to manage the migratory submersion and the savagery, Gérald Darmanin is…. promoted!?! Macronie doesn’t care about the results of the elections and the French” , accused Laurent Jacobelli. On the BFMTV set, the RN deputy for Oise Philippe Ballard however wanted to mark his difference with LFI’s calls to censor the government on Wednesday. “If it’s to stupidly do the procedure, it doesn’t have much interest. The French are waiting for something else,” he said.
The RN welcomes the replacement of Olivier Véran
RN Vice-President of the National Assembly, Sébastien Chenu welcomed the replacement of Olivier Véran at the head of the Ministry of Relations with Parliament. “This departure is a good thing. We asked for it”, he declared on the set of franceinfo TV, reproaching Olivier Véran for having relegated the RN – and the LFI – out of “the republican arc “with which the executive would have to discuss.
On the side of the Republicans, discreet before the announcement itself, the deputy Pierre-Henri Dumont judged “it is a government which resembles more the end of a reign than the beginning of a five-year term”.