A page turns on Friday with the end, at midnight, of Macron’s first five-year term. But the expectation of the appointment of the next Prime Minister to replace Jean Castex who will remain in office at least until Monday persists.
When will Jean Castex bring his letter of resignation to the Head of State? If the Élysée has given no indication, one thing is certain: the head of government is in the process of packing his boxes, a “political necessity” according to him, while Emmanuel Macron seeks to obtain a new breath for the legislative elections in June.
But the change is not for this weekend. On Sunday, Jean Castex has one last trip on his agenda: to lead the French delegation for the canonization on Sunday in the Vatican of the explorer and then hermit Charles de Foucauld.
One last little tour of the Vatican
The displacement was known. On Friday, Matignon removed the doubt by confirming that Jean Castex would go well to the Vatican in his capacity as Prime Minister and not as a former head of government.
In the meantime, Jean Castex said goodbye to the Matignon staff on Wednesday, then Thursday evening to the ministers, invited to a buffet in the gardens with their spouses. “Never forget that we are only servants! Political action is collective action. Ambitions are legitimate but they are only worth if they are at the service of the collective, ”he said, according to a participant, to the ministers who offered him a standing ovation and a rugby jersey.