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Jean Castex, an unknown in Matignon

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Just three months ago, chandeliers in these times of health crisis, Edouard Philippe presented to the French this 55-year-old unknown as “A senior official who knows the world of health perfectly”.

Jean Castex, discreet ex-pilot of deconfinement, was propelled, Friday, July 3, at the head of the government. The former deputy secretary general of the Elysée palace of Nicolas Sarkozy, mayor of Prades (Pyrénées-Orientales), recently returned his card to the Les Républicains (LR) party. Through his journey, the enarch chosen by Emmanuel Macron for his “New path” carries all the attributes of an old-fashioned right, however coupled with a precious alibi for the Head of State: experience of local mandates and social dialogue.

It is this vein that the new Prime Minister used to dig, Friday, during the transfer of power to Matignon, after having seemed to crumble under the weight of the compliments addressed to Edouard Philippe, unless it is the length applause for his predecessor.

“Priorities will have to evolve”

“A mayor from the south, from the rural world, comes to replace a mayor from the north of the Loire, from a large industrial, maritime city”, he said with his slight Gers accent. It was to emphasize better, air of nothing, the need for a new management, more round, less “Right in his boots” given the gravity of the coming social crisis. “Priorities must therefore evolve, he said, the methods will therefore have to be adapted and we will need more than ever to bring the nation together to fight against this emerging crisis. “

A few hours later, on the set of TF1, the new prime minister has described himself as a “Social gaullist”, before shelling its values, ” responsibility “, “Secularism”, “Authority” and recognize that “Ecology is not an option”.

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And Edouard Philippe willingly allowed himself to shine with his oratorical talents, Jean Castex would rather display framed looks. The enarque made his debut in a modest assignment after the Court of Accounts, the direction of health and social affairs of Var, to the point that some, at the ENA, were surprised at the choice ” low end “ of their brilliant comrade. Among other coincidences of a journey that runs through the entire directory of senior administration, he welcomed at that time as an intern Enarque Alexis Kohler, the current secretary general of the Elysee and unavoidable right hand of Emmanuel Macron.

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