(Muttersholtz) “ It’s not saucepans that will make France move forward”, Emmanuel Macron said to journalists on Wednesday during a trip to Alsace, assuring that “ the reality of the whole country is not only those who make noise with pans or who grumble”.
“ You will always see me with people ”, because “ what interests me is what will allow our compatriots to live better ” and “ I have no right to stop”, added the president, visiting a factory specializing in wooden construction in Muttersholtz (Bas-Rhin), where demonstrators kept at a distance welcomed him with a concert of saucepans.
“The reality of the country is also a lot of women and men who are at work, who want to make a better living from their work, to earn more, for working conditions to improve,” he added.
Asked about the words of historian Pierre Rosanvallon who spoke of a “democratic crisis” in France, the Head of State assured: “I respect the intellectual, but I am afraid that sometimes he will become an activist”.
“ There are places that are not democracies, where we are fighting for it to be restored, at home we are simply fighting for it to work better”, added the Head of State, according to whom “ he should not go to big words”.
In France, the elections “ take place in a democratic framework ” and “ we must not either leave behind the day after, on the pretext that we have not won, we weaken the legitimacy of the people who are elected ” , he estimated.
While Laurent Berger has just announced his forthcoming departure from the head of the CFDT, Emmanuel Macron greeted a manager with whom he “always worked very well”. “ He is someone for whom I have respect, dare I say, friendship”, added the Head of State.
As for confidence in the Prime Minister, the President of the Republic replied: “ She has mine otherwise I would not have entrusted her with the progress, the preparation of this work ” mentioned by himself on Monday on the order, “progress” in public services and labor issues.
Finally returning to the images showing him singing with passers-by on Monday evening in the street, in Paris, Mr. Macron assured that he “did not know” these young people who seem to belong to an association linked to extreme right circles.