Departure of Jean Castex: "The right pickaxe"the editorial by Jean-Michel Servant

In his editorial for this Friday, May 13, Jean-Michel Servant, deputy editor-in-chief of Midi Libre, returns in particular to the career of Jean Castex as Prime Minister.

You have to admit it. By appointing Jean Castex Prime Minister on July 3, 2020, Emmanuel Macron had a lot of flair. Faced with the revolt of the “yellow vests” and discredited by his risky management of the Covid-19 epidemic, the President of the Republic has partly restored his image thanks to the man-providence of Prades. The bet was not yet won in advance. With his head of an old country crooner and his southern accent, the Catalan had neither the elegance nor the political sense of his predecessor Édouard Philippe when he arrived at Matignon. In a few months, the head of government has nevertheless been able to impose his “terroir style” in the Parisian ministries. His true speech, his natural friendliness, his management as a good family man “whatever the cost” and above all his proximity to the French have reinforced his popularity. And, at the same time, that of the majority. After 680 days in power, the high official from the Pyrénées-Orientales is in line with the great servants of the State. By taking regional demands into consideration, Jean Castex has even become a reference in the territories. A capital of confidence that Emmanuel Macron will try to keep for his second term.

Not sure, however, that he still makes such a good pick.

Jean-Michel Servant is deputy editor-in-chief at Midi Libre.
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