In Fontainebleau, Edouard Philippe makes his political comeback and prepares for the next elections


Edouard Philippe on the steps of the municipal theater of Fontainebleau (Seine-et-Marne), September 16, 2022.

The old stones of the municipal theater of Fontainebleau (Seine-et-Marne) provided a backdrop, Friday, September 16, to the first return to Edouard Philippe since the creation of his Horizons party, less than a year ago. Microphone on the collar, the former Prime Minister gave a speech of more than an hour while surveying the stage, a digital tablet in hand. "I wanted to give a varnish of modernity to this business", he captioned, triggering laughter in the intimate room, where 200 mayors, two ministers and a dozen Horizons parliamentarians attended the “one man show”. Just like the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne.

On a blue background where his slogan shone, "To see far to do well", Edouard Philippe delivered a vision with a dark tone. To "dizziness" demographic, geopolitical and ecological that he had listed in Le Havre in October 2021, are added the war in Ukraine, soaring energy prices and global financial uncertainty. "I had been called Cassandra, a black cat"recalled the man who predicted storms two years ago, while Emmanuel Macron now insists that the country is experiencing a "big rocker".

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In the name of the "lucidity"he was alarmed that democracy could be " swept " against Vladimir Putin's Russia: “If we don't help Ukraine, then we are sending a signal that all is lost and we will never hold out. » Whatever it took was " necessary "he also warned, but the budgetary situation “a little scary will blow up in our face one day”. If he called on his supporters, in extremis, to "to be bearers of hope"with this message: “To get out of this, France needs a strategy. » And to see far.

“We will have to work more”

Philippism has its landmarks: Europe, order and stability, decentralization. At Horizons, "we like the long term and deep-rooted roots"extolled Frédéric Valletoux, deputy of Seine-et-Marne and former mayor of Fontainebleau, while Edouard Philippe praised the continuity of the State inscribed in the walls of the royal castles. “None of us is tempted to flirt with the far right”welcomed Nathalie Loiseau, MEP, before Senator Claude Malhuret crudely crushed Jean-Luc Mélenchon, "the Bolivar of the Canebière" at “the hubris of an apprentice dictator”then Marine Le Pen as "Putin's Poodle".

But the orientations listed by the mayor of Le Havre flow into those of the government, from energy policy to ecological transition, which requires “ absolutely colossal sums”. “We will have to work more. Those who predict the end of work, the right to laziness and who call themselves environmentalists are public entertainers”, he scolded, very applauded. Discreet about the pension reform envisaged this fall, the former Prime Minister, who proposed to postpone the retirement age to 65, 66 or 67, ended up promising, to Elisabeth Borne: “We will be behind you to improve the pension system, whether you choose to do so in October, December, March. When you want ! »

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