Monday, May 23

Emmanuel Macron in the Nord and Pas-de-Calais: a scrutinized trip

The President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron is traveling in the Nord and Pas-de-Calais this Wednesday. He will meet local elected officials from the mining area, and will take part in a meeting as part of the French presidency of the EU. And if he is still not declared a presidential candidate, his visit will nonetheless be scrutinized.

The Head of State is first expected at the beginning of the afternoon in Liévin, in Pas-de-Calais, a town of around 30,000 inhabitants located about forty kilometers from Lille, which has experienced significant growth. from the 19th century thanks to mining.

In this land long won over to the left, Emmanuel Macron will go to the Saint-Amé stele to pay tribute to the forty-two miners who died in the Liévin disaster of December 27, 1974, and will lay a wreath there.

He will then attend a meeting with local elected officials from the mining area, at Chalet Brand, in particular to talk about the vast plan “Engagement for a renewal of the mining area”, signed on March 7th.

According to information from France 3, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister of Industry, Emmanuel Wargon, Minister of Housing, and Brigitte Bourguignon, Minister in charge of Autonomy, will also be present during this exchange.

Emmanuel Macron must then go to the Louvre-Lens, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, in the company of the Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot.

This trip to Hauts-de-France will end with a trip to Tourcoing, land of its Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, whom he will join to attend a meeting between the Ministers of the Interior of the European Union to talk about the migration pact and the reform of the Schengen area.

So many themes dear to the President of the Republic within the framework of the French Presidency of the EU. Emmanuel Macron must also deliver a speech on these issues in the evening.

An imminent candidacy?

A declaration of candidacy by Emmanuel Macron for a second term is, a priori, not relevant for this trip to Hauts-de-France, but his supporters are mobilizing and starting to campaign. Several elected officials have already declared on social networks to bring their sponsorship to the president.

Moreover, if the man who defined himself, during the 2017 campaign, as the “master of the clocks”, declared on January 24, during a trip to Creuse, that he would announce his decision ” in due time”, a small sentence had then caught the attention.

Arrested by an 18-year-old who informed him that the next presidential election “was going to be his first election”, the latter did not hesitate to ask the Head of State: “Do you represent yourself?”. And Emmanuel Macron to answer: “Answer to the next episode”. Enough to turn all eyes towards a highly scrutinized trip to northern land.

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