POLITICAL SCAN - In a long portrait that devotes to him M magazine of the World, the former prime minister does not mince words against the former president. "My political life is still in front of me," he wants to believe.
Their "positions" seem "irreconcilable". Long loyal to François Hollande, Manuel Valls finally decided, last November, to embark on a strategy of prevention against the outgoing president of the time, to force him to give up his presentation ... And thus launch in his place in the race to the primary on the left. An episode that ended up consuming the break between the two men, who never really agreed on the human and political. Questioned in M magazine of the World Manuel Valls admits moreover: "We do not see each other. I have nothing to say to him. And he, too, probably. During one of their last interviews, however, the two former heads of the executive discussed Emmanuel Macron. "You did not do anything because you thought the missile was directed against me. But he was directed against you, "Manuel Valls told him. According to him, "the arrogance" of François Hollande led him to "let it happen because he was too sure of himself, he still believes he is the best".
Manuel Valls also returns with a certain distance on his own situation, and the political tumble that he knew between his departure from Matignon last December and his narrow re-election in the first constituency of Essonne last June. "I felt an almost physical hostility. I am lucid. I know that I took part of the lightning of the quinquennium. The Labor Law and 49-3 have opened a space for violent protest. Concentrated on me a part of the rejection. But I also have some responsibility. That's right, I incite violence, "he analyzes. Not to discourage him as much, as evidenced by his determination to be re-elected MP despite a complicated campaign. "I was not a candidate to be a candidate, but to survive. I could not stay on the defeat of the primary.
"You have to be able to recognize your mistakes"
Persuaded that he would win largely the primary of his camp and that he could then legitimately pretend to the presidency of the Republic, Manuel Valls fell from the top when his scathing defeat against the slayer Benoît Hamon has brutally slowed his Elysian ambition. "I knew the popularity, you have to know how to accept the test," he relativises yet. "I have necessarily embodied a form of pessimism. There was a form of optimism that Macron was able to capture, "he decrypts again. "I did not have a decompression chamber after Matignon. I oscillate between the transgression and the gathering, I am trapped. Macron was free. No past, no friends, no political culture. It gave him strength ... And then he was lucky, "he recalls.
Despite a certain lucidity on his weak political weight, Manuel Valls however did not give up to return to the center of the political game. "I want to weigh. How? I do not know yet. There is no point in rushing. Everything has become so unpredictable ... ", he slips. "My political life is still in front of me," he says bluntly. In the meantime, the former prime minister will "ask" and "take (his) marks". "You have to be able to recognize your mistakes," he concludes. Without specifying what lessons he intends to draw from it.