Before Emmanuel Macron’s announcements next week to possibly ease the confinement restrictions, the Prime Minister is meeting by videoconference on Friday, November 20 with the leaders of parties and parliamentary groups. An umpteenth meeting called “consultations”, but the opposition now denounces a deception.
It must be said that meetings have multiplied in Matignon in recent months, with Édouard Philippe, then with Jean Castex: confinement, deconfinement, curfew, re-confinement, re-deconfinement … The opposition quickly denounced a sham consultation , like Marine Le Pen, last month: “We don’t know anything. So in the face of that, there is sure to be a form of annoyance that can be heard.”
An annoyance shared on the left by the first secretary of the Socialist Party Olivier Faure: “All these meetings were only the setting in scene of a consultation which never took place. These meetings always precede an intervention of the Prime Minister or the Head of State, but there is never question of it between us. So we never know why we are summoned, since only subjects that are already in the public space are discussed. “
So far, it has been store-bought coffee at best, a sham at worst.Olivier Faure, first secretary of the Socialist Party
A vitriolic observation, but for Bruno Retailleau, the leader of the senators Les Républicains, there is an explanation: it is the verticality of power. “The government – and in particular the President of the Republic – governs alone. National unity, if we really want to create it, we cannot decree it. The government must be able to listen to the proposals we have to make.”
It is “political posture”, answers Matignon, for whom the opposition refuses to play the card of unity. A unity yet there, but against the government.