PARIS.– Yes Emmanuel macron he wanted to make himself heard, he certainly did. And not only for the French, but for the whole world, after ensuring in an interview wanting to “fuck” the unvaccinated. With less than 100 days to go before the presidential elections, his resolutions caused a scandal in the political class and a new interruption of the debate on the vaccination passport in the National Assembly.
“I really want to screw them. So we will continue to do so, until the very end. That is the strategy ”, said the president in an interview published the night before last on the site of the popular newspaper Le Parisien.
His statements, which caused an earthquake among his opponents, at the same time gave the image of a combative president, determined to launch himself in the electoral battle, even though he has not yet confirmed his willingness to run for a second term.
The exact word used by Macron was “Emmerder”. That term, extremely difficult to translate –although very easy to understand– and that the French use commonly, was translated for LA NACION by the services of the presidency as “rotting the life” of someone. Being a bit more vulgar, but more explicit, it can also be translated as “fuck” or “break the p …”. In any case, the Elysian press officers were harassed for 24 hours by calls from editors from all over the world who did not know exactly what to write.
During that interview, conducted at the Elysee Palace in the presence of a group of readers of Le Parisien and a question from one of them about the unvaccinated (5.1 million French), “Which occupy 85% of the resuscitation services”, which causes “the cancellation of the rest of the surgical interventions”, the president replied that this comment was “the best argument” for the government’s strategy. “Almost 90% of the French adhere to the vaccination. Refractories are only a small minority, “he added.
And how is it reduced? Sorry to put it like that, but fucking them more and more. I am not in favor of fucking the French. I complain all day because the administration creates problems for them. Well, in this case, I really want to fuck the unvaccinated”He insisted.
His purposes were described as “Unworthy” by all the opposition, which, in the middle of the campaign for the presidential elections next April, is looking hard – and without much success – arguments to shorten the advantage that the president has in the polls (ten points more than the conservative Valérie Pécresse, candidate of The Republicans).
In full examination of the text that must transform the current health pass into a vaccination passport, the criticisms of the opposition deputies were so intense that they caused a second suspension of the session. On Monday, the opposition had already obtained a first and surprising suspension, especially since most of the formations are in favor of the project.
But the presidential purposes bombarded the beginning of appeasement the day before yesterday in the National Assembly, after the deputies reached an agreement on the thorny question of the vaccination passport for minors, which went from 12 to 16 years for school and extracurricular outings, although not so for private activities, such as, for example, going to a restaurant. A compromise that was voted almost unanimously (386 in favor and 2 against).
Should a president express himself that way? That is the question that all French people, starting with the political class, have been asking themselves for 24 hours. Tradition states that a French president must at all times unite society, never divide it.
“No one can approve a speech whose sole objective is to divide the nation”, declared in the Assembly Christian Jacob, president of Los Republicanos. In other words, the other leaders said the same thing.
“Fuck the French, whatever they may be, it cannot fall within the powers of a head of state,” wrote the Catholic newspaper La Croix, whereas, with his statement, Macron “A bullet was thrown in the foot.”
“They are declarations of a cafeteria or a candidate, not a president,” insists the newspaper.
But Macron’s words were perfectly calculated because they were, precisely, those of a candidate. With exceptions, no presidential interview is published in France without the imprimatur of the Elysee. This suggests that the “almost” candidate for reelection would have chosen his strategy: division. Knowing that the majority of the unvaccinated and the anti-vax ideologically belong to the extreme right and the extreme left, Macron would be trying to strengthen the 90% of the country, which is in favor of his health policy.
“The cleavage or division is valid as a candidate (not declared). As president, it is not the right word since he is responding to the expectations of the 90% of French people who were vaccinated, ”says Isabelle Veyrat-Masson, director of research at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). ) and specialist in political communication.