“The government does not measure the weariness of the French”, affirms Paul Molac, deputy (Liot) of Morbihan – Pension reform
You sit in the Liot group (Freedoms, independents, overseas and territories). How would you describe your colleague Charles de Courson, who will defend a motion of cross-partisan censure?
Charles de Courson is a parliamentarian eminently respected for his skills in budgetary matters and for his independence of mind. He is a member with a great sense of humor and who knows how to take a step back. Above all, he is someone who defends values and who does not compromise on questions of freedom.
The Liot group is little known. What is the cement?
We share the same humanist vision of society, with the idea of supporting the weakest. It is because it attacks them that this pension reform strikes us.
What also brings us together is the defense of territorial freedoms. We no longer want a system where local communities are held down by government, through regulations and grants. We want public action to be as close as possible to territories and citizens.
You left the presidential majority in 2018, criticizing the President of the Republic for his vertical approach. Was there already discomfort with the character Emmanuel Macron?
Unquestionably, yes. The Benalla affair touched me deeply. When you’re in the service of the head of state, you don’t usurp police powers. And above all, we are not supported by the president. I found that there was a lack of political rigor. And that we were ready for a lot of things, without wanting to be accountable
As for the Jupiterian side… What is unfortunate in France is that the president is an all-powerful man and that poses a problem.
Why did you wear the colors of Emmanuel Macron in the 2017 legislative elections?
I had said: “I am going with Emmanuel Macron to do the regionalization”. I had warned that I would leave if he did not. I quickly understood that the important thing for him was not there. And that, even on the contrary, he had nothing to do with it. We could see that what he wanted to put in place was to be able to do a little what he wants.
Do you regret having been a fellow traveler of macronism?
At the time, I followed Jean-Yves Le Drian, a man for whom I have great esteem. He had made that choice. I thought maybe this was the right thing to do in 2017 for our country. It turned out that was not the case.
Regarding the pension reform, how do you see the sequence of events?
The real country is against this law. I am worried when I see all these spontaneous demonstrations. I do not know if Emmanuel Macron and his government realize the weariness of the French. It’s not for lack of telling them. As early as September, Charles de Courson had warned them: “If you keep the step back from retirement, you will crash”. Couldn’t be clearer.
What had been the response at that time?
We had in front of us Franck Riester (Minister in charge of Relations with Parliament). He had made us understand that it was not he who decided.
* In 2021, Emmanuel Macron’s former bodyguard was sentenced to three years in prison, including a firm one, for the violence of May 1, 2018. The scandal had been described by Emmanuel Macron as a “summer affair more than a “matter of state”.
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