In the “JDD”, the Prime Minister promises to be “operational 24 hours a day” during the summer “to take the decisions that the situation requires” because of the health crisis. He also confides in having passed to his ministers the instruction to “remain on alert”.
Since Wednesday evening and the last Council of Ministers before the summer break, Emmanuel Macron took him the management of Fort de Brégançon and members of the government are also on vacation. All except one. Jean Castex does not take any leave and multiplies the trips in the field. Since his appointment to Matignon a month ago, his agenda has counted no less than 21 trips, including one to Guyana, recalls the “Sunday newspaper»Which devotes its front page to the Prime Minister.
Asked about his hyperactivity, he replies: “I’m 55 years old, I’ve always functioned like that. When I was director of hospitals, I set myself the goal of going to most establishments. When I was mayor I was told that I was on the move. I am not going to change now that I am Prime Minister ”. “It is almost a hyper-Prime Minister who is in the process of being set up, analysis with the” JDD “a former adviser to the Elysee. Even Valls had not behaved like that! ”
Jean Castex will only grant himself “a few days” of leave, the time to go back and forth to his stronghold of Prades, of which he is the mayor. Stressing the urgency and the particularity of the health crisis which has blocked the country since March, he promises to be “operational 24 hours a day to take the decisions that the situation requires”. He also confides in having passed to his ministers the instruction to “remain on alert”.
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“I believe that since I am a chef, I have to do a little more”
Same instructions on the side of Emmanuel Macron. As suggested by government spokesman Gabriel Attal, the Head of State – who asked ministers to be “on permanent standby” and decreed an “absolute mobilization of the government” – could bring together this summer, one or more Health Defense Councils, by videoconference, in order to adapt the government strategy to the evolution of the coronavirus epidemic.
A few lines later, Jean Castex analyzes his style and claims an “old-fashioned” side. “I believe in republican authority. I believe that since I am a chef, I have to do a little more and that the chef should lead by example. These are old recipes but I still find them good ”.
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