Parliamentary assistants: tensions between Édouard Philippe and François Bayrou

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The Prime Minister asks the Keeper of the Seals that he restricts his freedom of speech.

Four days before the second round of the legislative elections, it is a pass of arms that falls badly. It is all the more embarrassing for the executive that this clash, the first in the government, does not oppose anyone: the prime minister, Édouard Philippe, and the Minister of Justice, François Bayrou. Asked by France Info on Monday the call of the Minister of Justice to a leader of Radio France to protest against an investigation conducted by journalists of the house on MoDem parliamentary assistants, Édouard Philippe reminded his minister to order: "When one is a minister, one is not simply a man animated by his passions, or by his bad mood, or by his indignation. "And to insist:" We can not react any more as when we are a simple citizen. "

"When one is a minister, one is not simply a man animated by his passions, or by his bad humor, or by his indignation"

Premier Philippe Philippe

A crop hardly appreciated by the boss of the MoDem. "Whenever there will be something to say to the French, to leaders, whether they are political, whether they are journalists, they are media, whenever there is something to say, I will say it, "Bayrou warned, on the sidelines of a support trip to a legislative candidate. The Keeper of the Seals, who spoke on the phone with Matignon's tenant, said he had not tried to "pressure" the press. "When there is something to say, we say it. It is simply said, it is said without any pressure, but it is said. For the civic dialogue between journalists and officials and citizens to be a frank dialogue, "he continued.

Flagship campaign promise

This controversy comes as the Keeper of the Seals must present in the Council of Ministers, June 14, the bill to restore "confidence" in public life - first text of the quinquennium and the campaign's flagship promise. The investigation of the MoDem's European parliamentary attachés is the tip of Captain Haddock's plaster, which now adheres to the action of the Minister of Justice. Former employees of his party, Matthieu Lamarre and Karine Aouadj both claim to have worked for the MoDem while they were paid by the European Parliament. The first, thanked by the centrist party for serious misconduct, is currently cabinet member of Anne Hidalgowhile the second benefited from a financial transaction to leave the political movement with which it was in delicacy.

MoDem's defense argues that "the MoDem had part-time work contracts between the MoDem and the European Parliament as a local assistant. Half-time from June 1, 2010 to December 1, 2012, then two-thirds of time. The emails and text messages exchanged between the former assistant of François Bayrou and Marielle de Sarnez show that Karine Aouadj was in charge of the management of the agenda and travel of the MEP. How far will justice have to go to check whether the part-time was respected at the euro? On the website of the European Parliament, it is detailed that the local European assistants can "work from their constituency" and have the task "to assist the deputies in their work of proximity with the citizens, associations and political authorities". For François Bayrou is the imperative to reconcile his functions as Minister of Justice and simple citizen.

This article is published in the Figaro edition of 14/06/2017. Access its PDF version by clicking here

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