France ex-PM Philippe: Macron ally turned potential rival


Posted: Thu, Apr 8, 2021, 8:26

France ex-PM Philippe: Macron ally turned potential rival

When Edouard Philippe stepped aside as โปรโมชั่น slotxo French prime minister July last year after three turbulent years marked by battling protests, strikes and the pandemic, he wore cufflinks adorned with flip-flops and had the air of a man happy to leave national politics.

Philippe, who was almost unknown nationally when President Emmanuel Macron appointed him premier in 2017, retreated to the relative obscurity of his post as mayor of the Normandy city of Le Havre.

But after being thrust by Macron into the frontline of battling the "yellow vest" protests, strikes on pension reforms and then above all the COVID-19 pandemic, Philippe left office enjoying unusually high popularity and visibility for a French premier.

The question now is could Philippe - who left the main right-wing The Republicans (LR) party ahead of becoming premier - now be plotting a course to challenge his former boss in 2022 presidential elections?

After keeping a low-profile for nine months, Philippe has suddenly reemerged over the last days, giving print and TV interviews and on Wednesday published a book he has co-written about his stint as prime minister.

But in a series of philosophical and sometimes sphinx-line musings on loyalty and freedom, he has left commentators scratching their heads over whether he plans to stand against Macron.