The uprising against the criticisms of Olivier Faure on the “lightness” of the ex-candidate LREM for the mayor of Paris, the Minister of the Interior evoked the private life of his political adversary, this Wednesday, at a great hour listen, on France-Inter.
Invited this Wednesday, February 19 in the morning of France-Inter, the Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner somewhat slipped by evoking the private life of the deputy PS Olivier Faure, to fly to the rescue of Benjamin Griveaux, the ex-candidate LREM at the town hall of Paris which abandoned the race in the middle of the ford following the diffusion of intimate videos.
“Politicians must remain women and men because otherwise they are cut off from reality […] I invite the political class to be very modest. I was surprised to hear Olivier Faure [first secretary of the Socialist Party, Editor’s note] at your microphone, whom I have known well and for a long time and whom I accompanied in his divorces. “ ” I was amazed by its moral lessons, “insisted Christophe Castaner. Another example of the new era of “political trash”?
.@CCastaner : "Les politiques doivent rester des femmes et des hommes sinon ils se coupent de la réalité. J'ai été surpris d'entendre à votre micro @faureolivier, que je connais bien et que j'ai accompagné dans ses divorces. J'ai été étonné de ses leçons de morale" #le79Inter pic.twitter.com/HjdFNdlrJp
— France Inter (@franceinter) February 19, 2020
An exit widely commented on social networks, including by politicians. “We knew Castaner capable of anything. He confirms it again. Odious ”, notably reacted on Twitter Manuel Bompard, MP for La France insoumise. Faced with the scale of the controversy, the Minister of the Interior tried to calm the game early in the afternoon, assuring on Twitter that there was “neither threat nor personal attack”.
Cher @faureolivier, il n’y avait ni menace ni attaque personnelle dans mon propos.
Nous nous connaissons depuis assez longtemps pour savoir l’un et l’autre que la vie n’est pas linéaire.
Et nous y avons quelquefois fait face ensemble. https://t.co/rKzipLc8hV
— Christophe Castaner (@CCastaner) February 19, 2020
The “incredible lightness” of Griveaux
What “moral lessons” does Christophe Castaner allude to in his response? Monday, already on France-Inter, the first secretary of the PS had tackled the “incredible lightness” of the former government spokesman:
When you are a public man or woman, a public decision-maker, a minister, you must take all the usual precautions to never be within the reach of blackmailers.
Friday, February 14, Christophe Castaner did not have words hard enough to warn the whole society against the intrusion of elements of private life in the political debate. “The respect due to each of our fellow citizens also applies to the political class”, he argued, pointing out “those who use all means to harm the political class but also to harm their neighbors, their third, people they want revenge on.“
“We have protective laws in our country, it is essential to keep them alive, otherwise it is not only the democratic system which would be swept away by these drifts but it is also a very perverse game which would be born in human relations He observed again.
And Christophe Castaner, above all, called to be “vigilant”. “It is a question of both democratic rules, but far beyond respecting the privacy of the women and men who in our country are committed. “
Faure vs Castaner: an old story
Between Christophe Castaner and Olivier Faure, everything had started well, however. Both former Rocardians, the two former accomplices, who met in the late 1980s, seemed to have signed a non-aggression pact when the former head of the PS list arrived in Provence-Alpes-Cote -d’Azur place Beauvau, in spring 2017. Before the situation changes during 2019. “It was starting to grow in his leniency (that of Olivier Faure) about Castaner”, recalled as such ” l ‘Opinion in March.
The statement that appears to have completed the non-aggression pact between the two men? On March 17, when the controversy triggered by the dissemination of images showing the minister in a nightclub, Olivier Faure had heavily tackled him: “When you are Minister of the Interior, you are 24 hours a day in the service of the Republic. Imagine that when he was in a nightclub, there was an attack. Imagine that he was found half drunk. There is still a dignity to assume day and night, “ squeaked the deputy by recalling that the images of the minister had been captured one evening of demonstration of” yellow vests “. In the same vein, Olivier Faure had also ironic about the management of law enforcement “between two glasses” by Christophe Castaner. The friendship between the two men seems definitively buried.