If Emmanuel Macron wins the second round on Sunday, April 24, he will have to reassemble his government. On Tuesday, April 19, Prime Minister Jean Castex assured that he will resign completely “in the days that follow,” as is customary.
“I am among those who strongly hope that President Emmanuel Macron will be re-elected on Sunday,” he said on France Inter. “After this re-election, in the days that follow, as tradition dictates, I will present my resignation and that of the government to the President of the Republic”, he explained, pleading for “a new impetus” before the legislative elections of the June 12 and 19.
According to L’Opinion, Jean Castex would prefer to remain silent once the doors of Matignon are closed and would not run for legislative office. However, if Marine Le Pen wins, the Prime Minister does not rule out staying in office until the legislative elections, which the Constitution allows for.
He said he was “extremely mobilized” for the time being on the eve of the second round of the presidential election on April 24, for which polls show the outgoing president winning against the far-right candidate, but with a smaller lead than during the 2017 presidential election.
According to polls, the outgoing president would receive 53 to 55.5 per cent of the vote, while Marine Le Pen would receive 44.5 to 47 per cent. In 2017, Emmanuel Macron won with 66 per cent of the vote to the far-right candidate’s 34 per cent.
“Nothing is decided and we should above all not draw” from the estimates advanced by the polls “the idea that the election is folded, that the match is folded. It is not” and “we must convince (the French) that Emmanuel Macron’s program is the best for France and for them”, insisted Jean Castex.
To crush the rival of the RN, he took up La Fontaine’s fable “The cat, the weasel and the rabbit”. “I see her appear with her cats to make herself friendly and sympathetic”, slipped the Prime Minister.
In La Fontaine’s fable, “the cat is very gentle, very nice. And when that poor little rabbit and that poor little weasel come up to him, he bites them. Behind Marine, there is always a Le Pen.”