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French Press Review - April 1st


Mohamed Zerari

Mon, 01 Apr 2019 12:17 GMT

Reshuffle: Emmanuel Macron makes changes in the government

Following a series of resignations, Le Figaro writes about Macron's options in fixing his government, describing it as, "Make 'disruptive' great again." On the occasion of the mini-reshuffle caused by the departure of three government ministers for the European and municipal elections, Emmanuel Macron has returned to his trademark tactics, catch your opponents on the left foot and exploit the element of surprise. 

On March 31st, the Elysee announced the appointment of Sibeth Ndiaye, the press adviser to the president, in the position of government spokesperson. Close to Emmanuel Macron's family, she left the palace with another advisor to the head of state, Cédric O. A pioneer of the Macronist epic, he was appointed Secretary of State for Digital. The last nomination was finally, that of the LREM MP, Amélie de Montchalin, to the position of Secretary of State for European Affairs.

"The reshuffle as a whole says things of the president. The three people who are named are from the younger generation, they are loyal, they work," says a member of the president's close circle . The first two, Ndiaye and O, are especially close to Emmanuel Macron.

Emmanuel Macron does not close the door on the return of "territorial adviser"

Le Monde writes about how Emmanuel Macron spent March 29th, in meetings with the elected officials of all the regions of France, as he was committed to receiving at the Elysee Palace a hundred and fifty elected representatives of the Hauts-de-France. This was a smaller number than expected, not only because the mayor of Lille, Martine Aubry, apologised for being unable to attend but representatives of the "National Rally" and the "insubordinate France" decided to boycott the meeting and also the train taking a handful of mayors to Paris was stopped in Hazebrouck because of a breakdown.

At the head table, in front of the head of state, was the president of the Hauts-de-France region, Xavier Bertrand. Beforehand, the two men had talked face to face. In Le Monde, the same morning, the former minister of Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy had given an interview in which he said he felt, "the French governance system is out of breath," and pleaded for "a form of" new deal "between the State and local authorities." A "deal" seems to have been outlined, regarding the proposals put forward by Xavier Bertrand. One of them, in particular, enjoys a sympathetic ear from the executive since it has also been pushed by several members of the government.

François Hollande: "The far right will come to power in France one day"

Francois Hollande believes that today's "threat" today comes more than ever from the extreme right, writes le Parisien.

As an updated version of his book "The lessons of power" comes out in bookstores, in pocket format on April 3rd, François Hollande evokes both the forthcoming European elections, the five-years of his successor Emmanuel Macron, the crisis of the Yellow Vests and formulates proposals for the launch of the great debate. For the former president, who is worried about the rise of the extreme right, there is an urgent need to "reduce tax injustice."

"The first-time Yellow Vests asked to meet me was in Ardèche, two days before the demonstration of December 1st, which degenerated into violence. I told them to speak but especially to find an outlet for their demands. Moreover, if an outcome had been found more quickly, this movement would not have had this magnitude,and we would not have known the excesses we see, alas, Saturday after Saturday." said former French president, Francois Hollande.

Brazil's Bolsonaro splits on "anniversary" of military coup

Liberation newspaper shed light on the Brazilian president after he ordered the army to commemorate the 1964 coup that set up the dictatorship, putting the country's painful past back on the table. For Jair Bolsonaro, the military regime that raged in Brazil between 1964 and 1985, eliminating or forcing its opponents into exile, was not a dictatorship, but a "counter-revolution" that would have saved the country from a supposed Communist threat. The repression, which resulted in 434 official victims, not to mention the thousands of dissidents arrested, tortured or missing? Simply "little problems" for the Brazilian president.

Nothing new in the speech of the former MP and former right-wing military officer, who came to power three months ago. And yet. Bolsonaro caused a stir by ordering the army to "commemorate as appropriate," the fifty-five years of the military coup of March 31st, 1964. "It has awakened the ghosts of a controversy that one believed outdated, "regrets Daniel Aarão Reis, historian of the dictatorship, for whom, "the denial by the head of state is shared today only by a small minority of Brazilians. "