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Macron and Le Maire feud erupts amid France’s budget woes – POLITICO

On Thursday, Macron and Le Maire were to visit together an explosives factory in southwest France, with the aim of forming a united front and putting an end to the bad press of recent days, reports French daily Le Parisien.

The Open Bar is over

After nearly seven years at the helm of France’s powerful Economy Ministry, Le Maire became Macron’s longest-serving minister and built a strong reputation at home and in Brussels. But despite his efforts to win the hearts of the French, notably by writing novels, Le Maire is still perceived as a technocrat in his country.

As clouds gather over the French economy, it is Le Maire’s legacy and his future prospects in France or on the world stage that are at stake. He remains the most popular minister in the French government, even though its popularity has fallen by almost 10% since the start of the year, according to a recent Ipsos poll.


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Over the past few months, Le Maire has hammered home a single message: France should tighten its belt and abandon the “whatever it takes” approach that has marked its economic policy since the COVID pandemic.

“It can no longer be an open bar” The Mayor said in a recent interview. “When we increase patient contributions on medical prescriptions, we say that it is no longer open bar, look at all the medications you have in your medicine cabinet,” he added.

Le Maire, a former heavyweight in the conservative Les Républicains party, is now targeting France’s generous social policies, including health care and unemployment benefits, a move that could spark new protests and further erode consensus around the government Macron as the European elections approach.


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