the prime minister is preparing to receive a new tenant is little known to the general public. The top official, Jean Castex, named Prime minister Friday, July 3, after you have prepared the déconfinement, is a former adviser to Nicolas Sarkozy, elected local, but universally lauded for his interpersonal skills and its effectiveness. This man is poised and affable 55-year-old, who has never been minister, is a "swiss army knife" with multiple networks that combines the benefits for wearing the second phase of the quinquennium : mandarin, but the contact of the territories (he is the mayor of Prades in the Pyrenees-Oriental) ; on the right, but considered a man of dialogue and a perfect connoisseur of arcane power since its passage, as deputy secretary general at the Elysée at the end of the mandate of Nicolas Sarkozy.
"A high official who knows the world of health and that is terrible efficiency" was summary Édouard Philippe, when he was appointed on the 6th of April as the coordinator of the national strategy of déconfinement post-coronavirus. "II was a kindliness and a sympathy incredible, empathy and humility natural. It works at the speed of light, keeping a calm foolproof, "recalls a former cabinet minister Xavier Bertrand in providing :" I've never seen someone as many be unanimously agreed on around him all the time . "
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All of these strengths have served, "Mr. Déconfinement" to develop, with its " task force of 18 employees, a doctrine or prudent to enable the country to negotiate without recrudescence of the epidemic the turn to exit the crisis. Little known to the general public, accustomed to the complex issues, Jean Castex has also been able to rely on a professional and political life largely oriented towards the social sector and the health. "This is a true swiss army knife, he has connections everywhere, he knows how to do what it takes to make it in the right place" ensures Franck Louvrier, the former adviser of Nicolas Sarkozy.
"Mandarin-corrected local councillor"
He left at the time among its stakeholders of the central union, the memory of a man "available" and "rider" even if it "hides a certain firmness, "with" an excellent knowledge of their records ". In sum, say the same, " someone with whom we can discuss ". "Politically, I am right and I take it perfectly ", said then that member of the Court of auditors. Nicolas Sarkozy was his advisor for social affairs in 2010, then the deputy secretary general of the Elysée between 2011 and 2012.
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An asset for Macron ?
two years of the presidential election, his appointment "has many benefits for Macron" and "it is said that it can also annoy Xavier Bertrand" says one in the entourage of the ex boss-LR, Hauts-de-France, whose name comes up regularly to represent the right by 2022. A member of the Republican, Jean Castex supports the candidacy of François Fillon for the presidency of the UMP at the congress in autumn 2012.
But this father of four girls, which has kept the focus of his Gers native (he was born on 25 June 1965 in Vic-Fezensac), known also to provide support to The Republic in motion : his name had a time circulated at the end of 2018 as the successor to Gérard Collomb, the ministry of the Interior. It was until the beginning of the year inter-ministerial delegate to the Paris olympics 2024 and chaired the national Agency for sport. Regional councillor of Languedoc-Roussillon, from 2010 to 2015, defeated in the 2012 parliamentary by the candidate PS Ségolène Neuville, Jean Castex is also mayor of Prades as he pulled to the left in 2008, before being largely re-elected last march (76 %).
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