"They understand each other without speaking" : Who is the "twin" d’Emmanuel Macron, Alexis Kohler ?

Man in the shadows, Alexis Kohler is a fascinating personality in the presidency of Emmanuel Macron. The magazine L’Obs dedicates its cover this November 25, 2021 to this man by captioning as follows: “Investigation on the gray eminence of the Elysee”. He is the Secretary General of the Presidency and never has a person of this status been so powerful. Father of three children, this discreet man is “funny and endearing in the privacy, impassive and silent in the context of his duties“, perfect for keeping all secrets Of the president.

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More than whispering in President Macron’s ear, Alexis Kohler would therefore be his double, a twin. “This twinning between a president and his secretary general is unprecedented under the Fifth Republic “, writing L’Obs. The two men form such a close relationship that Alexis Kohler’s mother said of their tandem in the countryside in 2017: “They have become inseparable, it’s terrible. When Alexis is there, he spends part of the night with a phone in his hand.“Some even say that Brigitte Macron would sometimes be annoyed by this duo.

I have rarely seen such a complicity

Emmanuel Macron and Alexis Kohler have in common to be linked to the big bourgeoisie of the provinces: the president by his wife and the Trogneux in Amiens, the secretary general by the Kohler family in Strasbourg. L’Obs precise : “Before its closure last October, victim of the Covid, the Kohler-Rehm brewery on Place Kléber, founded by the German pastry great-grandfather and his Alsatian wife, was the last big table where the notables came to taste the specialties.

“Twins”, the two men could not have worked together at first because Alexis Kohler was only the second on the list for the general secretary of the Elysee. He first thought of François Villeroy de Galhau, Inspector of Finances and former chief of staff of Dominique Strauss-Kahn. “But the latter prefers to stay at BNP Paribas“, reports the magazine. Of second choice, Alexis Kohler passes to first man:”Between them, it’s ‘because it was him, because it was me’. I have rarely seen such a complicity, they understand each other without speaking“, tells L’Obs Benjamin Griveaux, former government spokesperson.

Prime Minister bis

Alexis Kohler obtains unprecedented leeway, considered a “Prime Minister bis“, but who does not need parliamentarians. It would even be more feared than the head of government. With Edouard Philippe, no problem since he is also close to Kohler: “He met him within the circle of Rocardiens on the benches of Sciences-Po.“What about the current Prime Minister, Jean Castex? His chief of staff, Renaud Revel, is also close to President Macron. Result, a less fused relationship but perhaps for the better.

Either way, that doesn’t change his loyalty to the president: if Emmanuel Macron is re-elected and he is asked to stay, he will. His dedication to the Head of State even goes beyond himself because his father, Charles Kohler, joined an En Marche committee! in Strasbourg and his wife Sylvie, director and business coach, trained speakers for the 2017 campaign. Their tandem is well established if the presidential adventure continues for Emmanuel Macron.

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