How Elisabeth Borne the technique managed to impose its political authority

Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne at the founding congress of the Renaissance, the presidential party, at the Carrousel du Louvre, in Paris, on September 17, 2022.

He took the podium to cheers from the crowd of activists. She smiled closed, uncomfortable to be hailed in such a way. This Saturday, September 17, Elisabeth Borne speaks in the basement of the Carrousel du Louvre, in Paris, for the founding congress of the Renaissance, the presidential party. The Prime Minister is integrated into this same political role that now corresponds to her. Fist clenched, she launches into a plea for progress and a eulogy for boldness in the face of the climate crisis, which she considers the first of storms.

When suddenly the microphone goes off. She annoys, she bangs on the table, smiles, but grows impatient, hands on her hips. After long minutes, she picks up her speech, a little annoyed: “We’ll try again… There was a thread in that comment. » Your thread is the drive of your majority. “Overcoming, I believe in it personally and I will be the guarantor, she promises I was an engineer, prefect, business administrator. I believe in results, not labels. »

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In the front row, Bruno Le Maire, the almighty Minister of the Economy, who reluctantly attended this partisan high mass, nods. Like his inner colleague, Gérald Darmanin. The two government heavyweights, who do not hide great ambitions, had to resign themselves. They have to deal with what one minister now calls “Queen B”. A little more than four months after her appointment as head of government, the rigid-looking polytechnic, whom her critics had dubbed “Plan B”, to say that it was a second choice for Emmanuel Macron, has settled in charge of her. Without dressing up.

Officially in charge of the thorny pension reform, Elisabeth Borne tries to slow down. The one who advocates tirelessly “commit method” he does not feel comfortable with the idea of ​​legislating through a modification of the Social Security financing bill, as the Head of State mentioned on September 12.

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To the point that François Bayrou, who is alarmed, within the parisian September 18of a “forced step” reform, he thinks he sees an ally in her. The capo of Moderna, regretting not having been able to speak at the Renaissance congress, threatens to shatter the unity shown by the presidential coalition. On Tuesday, September 20, the leader of the centrist deputies, Jean-Paul Mattei, warned that the MoDem group would vote ” definitely ” against such an amendment. “We will not be able to accept a reform” carried out in this way, he added, asking to wait.

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