Several French opposition parties have judged that the reshuffle of the government, carried out on Thursday to relaunch the second five-year term of Emmanuel Macron, very chaotic, is “a stroke of the sword in the water”, castigating a “tightening of macronie”.
At the National Rally (RN), the vice-president of the National Assembly, Sébastien Chenu, underlines that this reshuffle will have no more effect than a “sword in the water”. “We can see that the people who enter the government are the faithful of the macronie”, he also observes.
The deputy of Europe Ecologie Les Verts (EELV), Sandrine Rousseau, also highlighted the “political links between Emmanuel Macron and his new ministers”. “It is essentially a government of reward for services rendered during the retirement period,” she denounces.
For Marine Le Pen, leader of the RN deputies who had already declared that keeping the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, in her post is “a signal that nothing is going to change”, this new architecture reflects “the dramatic disconnection of the President of the Republic, who has lost all contact with the people and condemns the country to impotence and immobility”.
“An umpteenth reshuffle cannot constitute a serious response to the crisis we are going through”, underlines, for his part, Eric Ciotti, the president of the Republicans. “The French do not expect adjustments: they want action,” he said.
Member of the New Popular Ecological and Social Union (Nupes) in the National Assembly, the first secretary of the Socialist Party, Olivier Faure, points to him, “a game of musical chairs between trustees. It is a failing government”.
Four months after the adoption of the very controversial pension reform which weakened the executive, the Elysée announced, Thursday, a modest reshuffle of the French government, by recording the entry of eight new members of a government counting 41 ministers in total.
Macron, whose government still does not have an absolute majority in the National Assembly, had a very delicate start to the second five-year term. His decried pension reform, finally adopted on March 20 without a vote, pushed at least hundreds of thousands of people into the streets every week for several months.
At the end of June, Nahel, 17, was then killed at point-blank range by a policeman during a traffic check. Riots and urban violence followed in 500 municipalities across France.