From major international issues in the Gulf countries to local issues in France. After three days of travel in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Emmanuel Macron arrived Tuesday, December 7 in Vierzon (Cher), the first stage of a two-day trip dedicated to “Everyday problems”, especially in small and medium-sized towns in rural departments.
Welcomed by local elected officials, the President of the Republic began to walk up the main street in the center of this city of some 25,000 inhabitants and to discuss with residents and traders who questioned him on various issues, such as the maintenance of utilities, local hospital difficulties or lack of specialist doctors. To a journalist asking him if he was campaigning four months before the presidential election, Mr. Macron replied: “I’ve been traveling for four and a half years, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. “
He was also to discuss with elected officials the “Heart of the city” operation to revitalize city centers. In Vierzon, “There are always curtains drawn”, corn “We have won back around thirty businesses in the heart of the city in three to four years”, insisted the Communist mayor, Nicolas Sansu, on France Inter, welcoming this plan.
Visit to Vichy Wednesday
Mr. Macron will then go to Bourges, where he will meet social workers and visit a textile reintegration workshop. In the evening, he will attend the last municipal council of the year in Châteaumeillant, a small town of just over 2,000 inhabitants in the south of Berry, before having dinner with the elected officials of this town which benefits from the “Petites Cities of tomorrow ”.
On Wednesday, the President of the Republic will chair the Council of Ministers by videoconference from Moulins. Then, in Vichy, he will take stock “On the various projects being deployed in the city supported by the State: revitalization of the city center, development of hydrotherapy, inclusion in Unesco Heritage”… He will then discuss with some fifty associations in the city, to “Salute the strong commitment” volunteers, “While 2021 marks the 120th anniversary of the law on freedom of association”, according to the presidency.
Since the beginning of June, and three years after the “yellow vests” crisis, Mr. Macron has inaugurated a new type of trip: ” A dive “ in a territory – most often for several days -, to identify the “Everyday problems” that arise there, in consultation with elected officials. After his three-day visit to Marseilles, at the beginning of September, where he announced a vast plan of 1.5 billion euros to renovate schools or develop the transport offer, the Head of State also made a trip to the departments of the North and de l’Aisne, on November 19, focused on the fight against medical deserts.