Drian distances himself from Macron


PARIS / RENNES (Reuters) – Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian denied Thursday that he had distanced himself from Emmanuel Macron, calling out "absurd" comments in this regard in Paris and the Brittany Regional Council. .

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, denied Thursday that he had distanced himself from Emmanuel Macron, defining "absurd" comments in this sense collected in Paris and the Regional Council of Great Britain. / Photo taken on 24 September 2018 / REUTERS / Amr Alfiky

"This is absurd and does not correspond to reality, I've never been closer to Emmanuel Macron than it is today, and my relationship with Emmanuel Macron has never been so good," the minister told Reuters.

Several sources, however, have reported "doubts" and recent statements by the head of French diplomacy have emerged as criticism of the government.

Asked Monday on the "Yellow Vests" movement, he spoke in Europe 1 of the "suffering" of the French "that must be understood, understood and respected", in which the interior minister Christophe Castaner imposed himself first after violence on the sidelines of the rallies.

During a similar crisis in 2014, that of the "red hats" hostile to the ecotax, decided by François Hollande of which he was Minister of Defense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, a former socialist, had played the intermediaries in as president of the region of Brittany, epicenter of the conflict.

The government of Jean-Marc Ayrault had then withdrawn, which the current Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, considers an error. "If today we have a problem of financing infrastructure, it is probably because at the time the government was impressed by the" red hoods "," he said on Sunday 2 France.


For LaRem MP Florian Bachelier, sincerity is an integral part of the DNA of Jean-Yves Le Drian.

"All Britons have freedom of speech by definition Jean-Yves Le Drian, who has long been president of the Brittany regional council, has a free word as elected officials and members of the government," he told Reuters. election of Rennes.

But the sources in the minister's entourage have left their concern over cracks in the "right or left" alliance sealed in 2017.

"When we converged, from all walks of life, there was an apprehension that we settled in. Today is much more difficult," says a relative.

Another member of his entourage states that these concerns do not affect the relationship between the minister and the president.

"They are seen practically every day, they are seen very often", he explains. "It's a simple and fluid relationship, they are two pragmatics".

According to some Breton observers, however, the charm is broken between Emmanuel Macron and Jean-Yves Le Drian, which was one of En rands' first adventure rallies.

"After being Minister of Defense, with several conflicts to be managed, it is not really in foreign affairs, many of which are supported by Emmanuel Macron," a source told the Regional Assembly.

"He was undoubtedly fascinated and dazzled by the president's personality, but in the end he proved to be far from his history and his values," adds the same source.

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If, in Brittany, there is talk of fatigue in his duties, a return to local affairs seems unlikely, if only for loyalty to his dolphin Loïc Chesnais-Girard, 41 years old.

"He is happy and proud of his successor and if he returns to Brittany, it will be more to rest," said a source in the region where Jean-Yves Le Drian, re-elected in 2015 despite criticism of cumulative mandates, maintained a mandate as a consultant .

More harsh, a deputy LaRem describes on condition of anonymity a minister "at the end of the course" that should leave the government after the European elections next May.

"He was a good defense minister, but when he is in foreign affairs, he stays focused on this topic, that is, on relations with four or five countries, but the planet is great", considers this elected to the fact of diplomatic current affairs.

For the moment, Jean-Yves Le Drian is working to prepare the Europeans, as evidenced by his presence at the dinner that recently gathered around figures of Emmanuel Macron as former prime ministers Alain Juppé and Jean-Pierre Raffarin, and the commissioner European Pierre Moscovici.

"Jean-Yves Le Drian is, as usual, determined to act in his ministry, which is an important and essential responsibility when we are about to face an appointment with the history that is that of Europe," says Florian Bachelier.



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