November 17: The failure of Castaner gives you son master

Beauvau was his dream. Gerard Collomb dreamed only of one thing: to leave.

Putting on the suit of Interior Minister seals a career. Gives you an aura, that of “first cop of France” that will allow you to feed the highest ambitions, like Nicolas Sarkozy. It can also definitely associate the name of a minister with the mismanagement of an event. November 17 will remain in the history of the Macron presidency as the failure of Christophe Castaner as Minister of the Interior.

He sinned on three levels.

First in anticipation. While showing his muscles, it would have been better inspired to also ask motorists to postpone their exits and to exercise the greatest caution around blockages since all were not declared and identifiable from Saturday morning. With the government as a whole, it could also have dispensed with throwing on this movement an unjustified opprobrium which, in the minds of some, could have excited a fear or an animosity that had no place at all. Accidents are almost exclusively from motorists who wanted to force the dams.

Then, in his communication after the tragic accident of the Isere, he did not, either, to the height: in instrumentalizing the drama, just like the prefect of Isère, to try to discredit or to contain a movement of magnitude, that he could not stop. Then by minimizing the numbers in the morning, which has had the effect of pushing more people in the gatherings in the afternoon. However, the movement has, overall, characterized by great control and great serenity, which, given the scale and mode of this mobilizing mobilization based on motorized movements, is a feat. Note, moreover, that this was emphasized by the journalist, specialist police issues on BFM TV .

Finally, by minimizing the number of rallies and protesters, he persists in his blindness and contempt. However, the movement is much more powerful: it was enough to see the sympathy of the police – gendarmes in the provinces, CRS who opened the barriers to the demonstrators on the Champs-Elysées – and many French not engaged this time but of which the yellow vest on the dashboard winked with support to convince himself.

Christophe Castaner very poorly managed this November 17, he should never let happen by the policy he supports for eighteen months.

Indeed, more fundamentally, Christophe Castaner, socialist pillar of Macronism from the beginning, sinned because he did not see rising the revolt, not measured how violent would be, for the power, the conjunction of tax measures inflicted to modest and medium classes and the largesse granted to certain categories. In this autumn of 2018, macronism is naked: it combines the worst of the right (the benefits for the most fortunate, taxes on consumption) and the worst of the left (societal taxes and delusions: LDCs, immigration, etc.). And Emmanuel Macron, through his career and serious errors of personal communication in recent months, embodies – almost caricatured – this “at the same time” formidable which he will struggle to recover.

Two days ago, Emmanuel Macron acknowledged his failure to reconcile the people and their leaders. The people confirmed. Three months ago, he launched an arrogant “Let them get me! On Saturday, on the Champs-Elysees and even under its windows, but here also in the South-West, the phrase floated in the air and in the heads.

Yellow vests: a triple victory that overturns the table and will date

Already, and whatever the sequence of the movement, what he will get or not, and the bitterness he will leave, the movement of the yellow vests has won. Or, rather, he made the people win. Not that of the unions. Not the one from the left. Not that of the suburbs. The people they do not like, the one who votes badly – that is, not for Macron and the parties that gave birth to it: the province, the car, tight budgets, work, exasperation at the delusions of France from above. The people of peripheral France.

It may be pointed out that the movement is without a future, without a “political outlet”, but its victory is elsewhere: the people have won against themselves, faced with the image that “the other people”, that of the cities, affluent and intellectual backgrounds of him and returns him. Thanks to Benjamin Griveaux, the spokesman of the government who, for once, told the truth, the truth of what this people from above think of the other, with its release on the people of “cigs and diesel “. Contempt expressed without filter.

The yellow jackets won a triple victory.

First, they spoke with who they are and where they are from. Nothing stronger and more symbolic than this object – the yellow vest – and these places: roundabouts, tolls that say their daily lives. Booba and the people from above frequent the air terminals; Peripheral France has shown its everyday world, which best summarizes its difficulties: remoteness, journeys, work, costs (fuel, tolls, standards, local taxes, housing student children, etc.).

Then, faced with a power born from the control of communication and networks, the movement showed that it could fight at the same level. No big Parisian event.


They invented the “short circuit” of communication and demonstration, social networks helping.

Faced with the irruption of this geography from below, Emmanuel Macron was wrong to oppose inappropriate symbols that only increased the discrepancy: the controversy Petain, the instrumentalization of November 11 and, finally, the aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle . Big mistake of com ‘. In this conflict, the old world was Macron.

Finally, this movement, which is still branded “beaufitude” by small service Griveaux, won the intellectual battle against all the experts, the donors of tax and ecological lessons. He put on the table the questions that these people, big guilt on the planet, were careful not to ask, the lies and injustices of catechism fiscalo-écolo-bobo: and the ecological cost of aircraft? Electric cars? And the tax question?

For these three reasons, this movement of yellow vests is a revolution, a reversal of perspective. And it will be a landmark because it allowed the people to become aware of its power of action – and blockage – and reflection. He also showed the weakness of the great “values” of power in place: ecology today. Immigration tomorrow?