Posted on Jan 5, 2022, 10:10 a.m.
If Emmanuel Macron wanted to react, it is successful. In an interview published by the “Parisian” Tuesday evening, the head of state indicated that he was ready to “piss off” the unvaccinated “until the end”, to fight against the epidemic wave caused by the variant Omicron. With almost three months of the presidential election, this sentence immediately made the opposition jump.
“I was outraged by the words of the President of the Republic. Insult is never the right solution. It will be necessary to put an end to this five-year term of contempt and I want to put an end to it “, launched the candidate of the Republicans at the Elysee Palace, Valérie Pécresse, this Wednesday morning on CNews, accusing the Head of State of wanting to” hide the debate democratic ”. “What I want is to value the efforts of the French, and not to humiliate them at the Elysee Palace,” added the one some present as the most dangerous opponent of Emmanuel Macron for the next April poll.
A “political fault”
“The guarantor of the unity of the nation persists in dividing it and assumes that he wants to make the unvaccinated second-class citizens. Emmanuel Macron is unworthy of his position, ”also denounced the candidate of the National Rally, Marine Le Pen.
“President, I will stop pissing off the French. The outgoing President, he speaks openly of pissing off a category of French, ”said for his part the other far-right candidate Eric Zemmour. “On April 10, let’s get rid of this capricious teenager who dishonors his office! “, Launched the candidate Debout France, Nicolas Dupont Aignan.
On the other side of the political spectrum, Jean-Luc Mélenchon was also moved by these comments. “Does the President control what he says?” The WHO says “Convince rather than coerce”. And him ? “Piss off more”, “lambasted the candidate for rebellious France. The PCF candidate Fabien Roussel denounced him an “unworthy and irresponsible statement”, because “when we have to convince, bring together, we do not insult! “
“He makes vaccination a referendum for or against Macron. It’s a political mistake, ”said the environmental candidate Yannick Jadot. “Reunite France”, commented ironically on Twitter her socialist rival Anne Hidalgo, while Christiane Taubira blasted “shocking and violent remarks”.
A “courageous” phrase according to Castaner
In the majority, the boss of deputies Christophe Castaner defended “the political courage” of Emmanuel Macron “to name a policy. The one that wants to bring all French people to the maximum protection we have today, that of vaccination. So he does it with his words ”.
“But you know the brutality is also sometimes that which the deputies, in particular in the group which I chair, receive messages where one announces that if they vote the vaccination pass one will behead them. I do not consider that to name things, to paraphrase President Pompidou, is to attack those and those who today do not want to be vaccinated, ”he said.