Reshuffles: In Macroni, Catherine Vautrin’s Matignon Hypothesis Sows Trouble

Catherine Vautrin – Lionel Bonaventure – AFP

Uncertainty remains within the executive branch. It has been almost three weeks since Emmanuel Macron was re-elected and one week since he was re-elected President of the Republic. And while the current prime minister, Jean Castex, is living his last days as head of government, the name of the future tenant and, most likely, the future mistress of Matignon is long overdue.

Elisabeth Bourne, Valerie Lethar, Marisol Touraine… Among the names regularly mentioned in recent days for this position, more and more one spring appears: Catherine Vautrin.

“It’s the equivalent of Raffarin”

President of Greater Reims, she was minister under the government of Jean-Pierre Raffarin and then Dominique de Villepin. A member of the Republic of Lithuania and Vice President of the National Assembly from 2008 to 2017, her resume could match Emmanuel Macron’s portrait of a robot on April 27, according to Le Parisien.

“I will appoint a person who deals with social, environmental and industrial issues,” the president of the republic said at the time.

“She’s super-elected, she’s been a minister three times, she knows the area by heart,” one of her supporters brags to BFMTV. “This is the equivalent of Raffarin,” even a close friend of the head of state points out.

“Very right and marriage for all”

The hypothesis, however, surprises more than one macronist: “Industrial, yes, social, why not, but ecological?” Some of them point, in particular, to his opposition to marriage for all in 2013, his participation in demonstrations, or his name being mentioned in the Bygmalion case.

“Strategically it’s amazing, I hope they have a narrative ready. This is very right and marriage is for everyone… We are going to take it in the face,” the BFMTV adviser worries.

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Some see the influence of a certain Nicolas Sarkozy. “She is from Sarko,” says a government source. Catherine Vautrin is one of the local elected officials consulted for legislative nominations such as Hubert Falco, Christian Estrosi or Caroline Caille.

“She was already in the process of setting up her cabinet, but no one was contacted in macrony, the history channel,” regrets, bitterly, the little hand.

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