The name of the president of Grand Reims has come up regularly in recent days to succeed Jean Castex. The vagueness remains within the executive. It has been almost three weeks since Emmanuel Macron was re-elected and a week since he was re-invested as President of the Republic. And while the current Prime Minister Jean Castex is enjoying his last days as head of government, the name of the future tenant, and more likely the future landlady, of Matignon is long overdue. Elisabeth Borne, Valérie Létard, Marisol Touraine … Among the names regularly cited for the position in recent days, one more and more stands out: that of Catherine Vautrin.”It is the Raffarin equivalent”President of Greater Reims, she was a minister under the governments of Jean -Pierre Raffarin then Dominique de Villepin. Deputy LR and vice-president of the National Assembly from 2008 and 2017, her CV could correspond to the composite portrait drawn up by Emmanuel Macron on April 27, as reported by Le Parisien. “I will name someone who is attached to the social, environmental and productive issue”, declared the President of the Republic at the time. “She is a super elected official, she has been a minister three times, she knows the terrain by heart”, boasts one of her supporters to BFMTV. “It’s the Raffarin equivalent”, even indicates a close friend of the Head of State. “Very right and marriage for all” The hypothesis, however, surprises more than one among the Macronists: “Productive, yes, social , why not, but environmentalist?” Several of them point in particular to his opposition to marriage for all in 2013, his participation in demonstrations or that his name be cited in the Bygmalion affair. “Strategically it’s surprising, I hope they have a storytelling ready It’s very right and marriage for all … We’re going to take it in the face”, worries an adviser to BFMTV. Some see the influence of a certain Nicolas Sarkozy. “She’s a Sarko girl,” notes a government source. Catherine Vautrin is one of the local elected officials consulted for legislative nominations such as Hubert Falco, Christian Estrosi or Caroline Cayeux. , regret, bitter, a small hand.Elisa Bertholomey and Benjamin Duhamel with Hugues Garnier
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