Elisabeth Borne’s chief of staff, Aurélien Rousseau, is considering leaving Matignon while dissonances at the head of the executive have revived speculation about an upcoming reshuffle.
“It is not abnormal that the question can arise after a very intense year at Matignon during which many texts were voted on in Parliament – in a context of relative majority – and the pension reform carried out”, declared to the AFP the entourage of the Prime Minister.
However, “there is no precise timetable or fixed date” for this departure, it was added. According to information from ” World “ , Aurélien Rousseau should leave Matignon on July 1 to return to the Council of State. He would be one of the candidates considered for the post of deputy general manager of the Caisse des dépôts.
These exit rumors are not new. On March 17, he had already refuted wanting to leave his post, as the weekly Le Point already claimed. “It’s absolutely false,” he said then. Aged 46, the senior official was appointed in May 2022, on the proposal of Emmanuel Macron.
A permanent steamroller
Aurélien Rousseau, “he is the counterpart of Alexis Kohler”, the powerful secretary general of the Elysée, noted a member of the majority. He occupies “a decisive position on the way in which you organize the debates and the arbitrations” but this position is “exhausting, it is a permanent steamroller”. “And with this climate of tension” in the embly, “it plays on people’s ability to hold out over time,” she added.
While reaffirming his “confidence” in his Prime Minister, Emmanuel Macron recently expressed his difference with Elisabeth Borne on how to counter the far right, which has revived speculation about a reshuffle.