François-Xavier Bellamy: "Christophe Castaner and LREM, the new politician world"

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FIGAROVOX / ANALYSIS - François-Xavier Bellamy looks back on the election of Christophe Castaner as general delegate of the party En marche. The..

FIGAROVOX / ANALYSIS - François-Xavier Bellamy looks back on the election of Christophe Castaner as general delegate of the party En marche. The philosopher denounces the methods of Emmanuel Macron and the deception of his constituents.


A graduate of the École Normale Supérieure and Associate Professor of Philosophy, François-Xavier Bellamy teaches in the preparatory class. He is also the author of Les Déshérités, or the urgency of transmitting (Plon, 2014).


June 18, second round of legislative elections: Working wins the majority in the National Assembly. On a major promise: that of renewing politics. How many times have I heard campaigning: "we must end the centralized parties, led from Paris, built as stables in the service of one person ..." With the movement En Marche, we would finally leave the field , make the French work together, give full voice to civil society, consult and co-build. Many French people believed this promise, and supported a president who claimed to embody a "new world" of democratic participation, citizen contribution, transparency and openness. And their candidate assured him: "The new policy does not come in a room to vote a motion already decided."

November 18, five months later. At the En Marche party congress, members elect the delegate general whom the President has designated as the only candidate: Christophe Castaner, formed by twenty years of maneuvers in the socialist apparatus, and who tells to have joined Emmanuel Macron "with stars in the eyes".

For my generation, LREM is now the occasion of a unique experience: to be projected in the great era of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

For my generation, LREM is now the occasion of a unique experience: to be projected in the great era of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union ... The new general delegate of the presidential party says "assume the dimension of love" of his relationship with the "Leader", and be "fascinated by his intelligence and even his physical power." He now runs En Marche - the first party whose name was formed by the initials of its founder. The congress was smoothly conducted. A debate was improvised two days earlier, because a congress without debate would have been odd anyway; but all the debaters took care to affirm their support for the future general delegate. To ensure even more unanimity of the vote, the vote was ... by show of hands. And with handpicked voters: 75% of them were nominated by the party leadership itself; the remaining 25% were "drawn" in absolute opacity. The 300,000 "walkers" who have believed in democratic renewal have no longer any voice in the chapter ... It only remains for them to contemplate the spectacle of their beautiful engagement: ministers and deputies making selfies while waving green cards to pretend to choose the one that "the boss" wanted. The New World is beautiful as the old. How can we betray to this point ...

Such an imposture has serious consequences, not only for En Marche, but for France. If the new power does not even listen to its activists from the beginning, how can the many citizens already removed from politics find the hope that he will one day hear them? Ultimately, an action under these conditions runs the risk of producing catastrophic results: whatever the talent and intelligence of the one who directs it, such a locked organization, while protecting itself closely from any questioning, can not to produce in this voluntary deafness policies disconnected from the field, at odds with the promise embodied in Emmanuel Macron's proposal.

The marchers hoped to participate in a new democratic moment, they find themselves with the most centralizing, the most autocratic, the most solitary of the presidents of the Republic.

I did not believe that promise; and yet, on Saturday, the spectacle of this new world humbling itself by waving green cardboards gave rise to a deep anger in me. Anger at the unprecedented scale of the electoral fraud that France has suffered. Anger for all the walkers who have sincerely hoped for a political renewal which indeed we all need so much. And I would like to say here my deep admiration for all those who, whether known or anonymous, having given so much to this movement, have enough intellectual exigency to be lucid, and enough courage to speak freely of their anxiety and their disappointment. How not to understand them ... They hoped to participate in a new democratic moment, and they find themselves today with the most centralizing, the most autocratic, the most solitary and the most media of the presidents of the Republic. Who names his opponents by words of violence that would not have been forgiven to any of his predecessors. Who would want no party to embody a respectable alternative, that no collectivity can bring a balance to its lonely power. Who chooses the journalists able to understand his "complex thought." Which prevents the parliament from controlling the government by imposing the silence on the administration, by the brutal sanction of a chief of staff who dared to tell the truth to the elected officials. the nation. Which the day after the legislative elections quietly crushed the separation of the powers by making, already, to elect at the head of the majority group of the Assembly a unique candidate exfiltrated by the power for problems with the justice ...

Five months ago, I lost the legislative elections; despite the field work, and the trust of my city, I paid like many others for the decades of disappointment accumulated by the political parties. For my part, I was not from these political parties, and I understand all the better this thirst for renewal that I have always deeply felt myself. With five months of hindsight, I can say it today: failure is not difficult, it is part of life. This allowed me to keep the teaching job that I love so much, to continue the field work undertaken within the municipal team, and to develop beautiful projects ... No, the defeat is not so difficult I imagined it. What is difficult and painful, it is true, is to have been helpless in the face of the victory of such a lie, of such an incredible fraud. But this bitterness is only valid if we find there an obligation: to return to work together, seriously and sincerely, to bring real answers to this profound need for renewal.

We must resume work together, seriously and sincerely, to bring real answers to this profound need for renewal.

The future of our democracy involves alternatives. Five months ago, for me and the entire team carrying this beautiful campaign, there was only one requirement, that of transparency, to enable voters to make a real choice, in conscience. Facing us, ambiguity already worried me; and I warned, as early as June: "we do not know what the candidates of En Marche will make the voices that will be entrusted to him." We know it now: the new power confiscated these voices for its sole profit. As a local parliamentarian said without hesitation, the elected representatives of En Marche must "represent the government with the electorate." Incredible reversal of roles, for those who, even in the majority, should recognize their only mission to represent their constituents of the government…

I hope that these elected officials who drowned permanently on June 18 in November 18 feel a bit of shame today, in front of the abyssal gap between the momentum that brought them to power and what they did with the hope entrusted to them. For my part, one thing counts now: the promise of renewal that En Marche had pretended to incarnate, it will be necessary tomorrow, against their renunciations, to hold it.

 

 

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