The President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, took benefit of the final cupboard assembly earlier than the summer time break, Wednesday July 29, to nominate 18 new prefects, perform 15 transfers and alter plenty of central administration administrators. Ready for a very long time however delayed by the well being disaster, this motion is crucial for years, whereas 13 new prefects have already been appointed in January.
Whereas not exceptional, a change of this magnitude is uncommon. Greater than fifty appointments of prefects have been made in the summertime of 1981, the day after the election of François Mitterrand. A big prefectural motion had additionally adopted the arrival of Pierre Joxe within the inside in 1984. In 1993, round fifty prefects had additionally moved, after the appointment of Edouard Balladur to Matignon. "However, in 1981 as in 1993, it was about disembarking politically marked prefects, this isn’t the case right here, remembers Gildas Tanguy, lecturer at Sciences Po Toulouse. This motion, throughout my mandate, will not be a purification, quite the opposite. It’s most likely a query of imposing a rupture and a brand new political line, extra territorialized, decentralized. "
Anxious to claim his authority and breathe new life into the 600 days that stay to him, the pinnacle of state, who has simply overhauled his authorities, is constant his cleanup. "The president made the selection of contemporary, competent and motivated folks on whom to rely, we are saying in his entourage. He needs to point out that the transformation continues with drive and never with the move, which is usually the case at these occasions of the quinquennium. "
"Make amends for issues"
These appointments have been a possibility for Macron to thank and promote a number of kinfolk and advisers. Laurent Hottiaux, who adopted inside affairs on the Elysée, turns into prefect of Hauts-de-Seine and the palace's deputy chief of workers, Rodrigue Furcy, is appointed within the Hautes-Pyrénées. The president's communications advisor, Joseph Zimet, was to inherit the Haute-Marne prefecture, however his identify was faraway from the checklist simply earlier than the cupboard assembly; he could possibly be appointed on the finish of August for a later appointment.
Emmanuel Macron additionally rewards his treasured marketing campaign director in 2017, Jean-Marie Girier, who, at 36, turned prefect of the Territoire de Belfort, after having headed the cupboard of Richard Ferrand on the Nationwide Meeting. Politically savvy, this Lyonnais, former collaborator of Gérard Collomb, turned one of many youngest prefects in France, behind Pierre Sudreau, appointed prefect at solely 32 years previous, in 1951.
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