Hemorrhage at Matignon. The director of Elisabeth Borne’s cabinet, Aurélien Rousseau – whose arrival at Caisse des dépôts was announced to the executive committee, after having been unveiled two weeks ago in The world –, is preparing to leave his post rue de Varenne to the regret of Emmanuel Macron and Alexis Kohler. And according to our information, at least four department heads will follow suit.
A notable wave of departures after only a year with the head of government. First and foremost, Etienne Champion, deputy director of the firm, declined the proposal to become Elisabeth Borne’s new right-hand man, and is in turn preparing to leave Matignon, as revealed on Tuesday, June 20 The Parisian.
The head of the internal affairs department, Marie-Emmanuelle idon, is also due to leave her post in the coming weeks. This prefect close to Aurélien Rousseau, whom she knew at Matignon under Bernard Cazeneuve, worked closely with the then director of the Ile-de-France regional health agency during the health crisis, when she officiated at the Paris Police Prefecture. Very respected in the state apparatus, she shares with the former communist militant convictions on the left.
Among the starters, there is also the State Councilor Frédéric Pacoud, head of the parliamentary pole, a strategic position at a time when the destiny of Elisabeth Borne seems to be hanging on the challenge which was launched on March 22 by Emmanuel Macron d ‘“expand the majority”.
Amélie Rocca-Serra, parliamentary adviser, for her part left on Friday, replaced by the former head of public and territorial affairs for Nestlé France, Victor Manhès. The former rector François Weil, head of the education and youth department, has meanwhile withdrawn from Matignon for health reasons and will be replaced by a rector. Contacted, the interested parties refuse to confirm.
The “Rousseau Gang”
These chief advisers, identified as the “Rousseau gang”had come to join the director of cabinet who was quick to cultivate camaraderie at the front.
But others are preparing to take the same path, including the deputy head of the diplomacy division, Marie Lapierre, appointed consul general in Montreal, and the cultural adviser, Magali Valente, appointed to the cabinet of the minister of culture, Rima Abdul-Malak. Still others may follow in the days to come.
At Matignon, these leaks are minimized as “summer moves”unrelated to a weakening of the Prime Minister. “At the end, that will make less than ten advisers out of sixty, in very different levels of responsibility”tempers Mr. Rousseau.
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