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.