Emmanuel Macron calls on parliamentarians of the majority to “unity” after the controversy over parental bereavement leave

Emmanuel Macron calls on parliamentarians of the majority to “unity” after the controversy over parental bereavement leave

You catalyze violence. In an unspeakable, unfair and disproportionate way ”, affirmed the head of state Tuesday evening vis-a-vis the parliamentarians of the majority which he received at the Elysee Palace.

Emmanuel Macron during a speech at the Ecole Militaire in Paris, February 7, 2020 (FRANCOIS MORI / POOL / AFP)

Emmanuel Macron wanted to appease them. The president received, Tuesday, February 11 at the Elysee, the parliamentarians of his majority injured by the episode of parental bereavement leave and faced with the return of a certain hostility on the ground, against the backdrop of pension reform. “You catalyze violence. In an unspeakable, unfair and disproportionate manner ”, he denounced, according to information collected from participants by France Télévisions.

The president spoke for a little over half an hour before a question-and-answer session with elected officials. “With pensions, everything comes out. All the resentments are coming out, it’s falling on us. Because we have agitated society ”, supported the Head of State during this direct exchange with the deputies and senators LREM, Modem and Agir, the third of the five-year term in this format.

“When you lose a battle, you have to admit it”

Emmanuel Macron also returned to the mistakes around child bereavement leave, which sparked controversy and crystallized resentment on an unprecedented scale on the part of elected members of the majority. I didn’t teach anyone any lessons. I spoke for there to be a firewall, he explained. When you lose a battle, you have to recognize it. When there is a tsunami, you have to take responsibility for it. ”

The head of state then called on his majority to remain united. “I ask you for unity, not uniformity. My personal journey does not plead for corporalism ”, he said in front of the 320 parliamentarians present out of the 380 guests. “The previous five-year period fell apart on personal adventures. Those who made the sets of BFMTV were agents of acceleration of the dislocation. ” And to conclude: “If the professionals are the ones we fired two and a half years ago and the amateurs are you, then be proud to be amateurs!”.