Anne-Marie Idrac, former minister of Jacques Chirac, joins Emmanuel Macron

Anne-Marie Idrac is the fourth former minister of Jacques Chirac to join the leader of En marche! after Renaud Dutreil, Jean-Paul Delevoye and Serge Lepeltier.

The balance shifts a little. After the win of Benoît Hamon in the Socialist Party(PS) Primary caused a number of PS politicians to switch their support to Emmanuel Macron, now it is the turn of others. According to information given to Le Figaro, Anne-Marie Idrac will this week formally announce her support of Emmanuel Macron, before a large En Marche! conference this Saturday in Lyon, to which she will attend.

Anne-Marie Idrac also participated in the three presidential campaigns of Francois Frédéric, a former Secretary of State in charge of Foreign Trade under François Fillon, from 1995 to 1997. Bayrou. After Renaud Dutreil , John Paul Delevoye and Serge Lepeltier, Anne-Marie Idrac is the fourth former minister of Jacques Chirac to join the leader of En Marche! Former President of RATP and then of SNCF, she has chaired the Supervisory Board of Toulouse Blagnac Airport since May 2015. “For the centrist hard head that I am, and as a European liberal and socialist Emmanuel Macron is the only consistent candidate,” she confirmed to BBC .

“Ideological coherence”

“It is for us a very strong commitment, in terms of ideological coherence, and very valuable, in terms of political and economic experience,” explained one of the members of Emmanuel Macron’s entourage on Tuesday. This rallying takes place against a backdrop of socialist migration towards En Marche!

Also on Tuesday, twenty members of PS asked to put themselves in “withdrawal” of Benoît Hamon’s campaign, signalling they challenge the political orientation. For now, none of them have officially announced joining En Marche! But the temptation is great and begins to extend beyond the deputies and to touch certain ministers like Jean-Marie Le Guen.

At Emmanuel Macron, if one rejoices at these marks of interest, one is wary of the too socialist coloring that this support could give to En marche !. “Not to the right, not to the left”, in the words of Emmanuel Macron, his movement does not want to appear as an annex of the street of Solferino.

Still less like the refuge of Deputies or Socialist Minister in dwelling after the victory of Benoît Hamon. It is also a question of not appearing linked to the balance sheet of François Hollande. For now, it’s Benoît Hamon that the head of state, via the Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve asked to assume his term as PS candidate for the presidential election.

In addition to the political support, Emmanuel Macron tries to attract to him personalities of the civil society. On Tuesday, the movement announced another rally, that of the deputy general manager of Bouygues Telecom Didier Casas. The latter took leave of the telephone company for the duration of his engagement alongside Emmanuel Macron where he will integrate the “pole ideas” which is responsible for the development of the candidate’s program. Didier Casas will focus on issues of defense, internal security and justice.

Source: Anne-Marie Idrac, ex-ministre de Jacques Chirac, rallie Emmanuel Macron