The Minister ofEnational education, Jean-Michel Blanquer (LREM / Renaissance), candidate in the legislative elections in the fourth constituency of the Loiret (Montargis), passed, this Friday, May 6, at the beginning of the evening, in Orleans. Time to go back, for La rep, on their electoral intentions. Maintenance.
Jean-Michel Blanquer, how and why were you “parachuted” in this fourth district of the Loiret?
The choice of Montargis corresponds to a choice of territory that, due to its location, has great potential thanks to the existing networks. Especially highways and railways. Its economic potential can be further asserted. I see this candidacy as an asset rather than a problem. The spirit of my candidacy is support for the President of the Republic but also unity, harmony, balance at the local level. Society is very divided; we need to be pragmatic with plans for people.
You talk about pragmatism. What would be the first files you would work on for the Gâtinais?
We need to pay close attention to young people. I am thinking of higher education perspectives that we could create in Montargis. I would like to succeed with the local executive in attracting one or two higher education institutions.
“Higher education, medical desert, 4G …”
Do you have any specific ideas in mind?
Yes, because I have a background in this field as a counselor and principal of a major school. I’ll talk about that later. There is also the question of the medical desert and our ability to improve health problems in this part of the Loiret. We should be able to attract doctors. I will also pay special attention to rural areas with 4G. Legislative elections are a national issue. It is important to say that we want a majority for France. This will allow us to move forward with a President who knows how to withstand crises. And I accompanied him.
“There will be no dissent” in Montargis
“It’s not an easy choice”
In order to understand your nomination, did you go to this constituency, did you impose it, or did you imagine yourself elsewhere?
I really wanted this neighborhood because I consider this south of Paris to have considerable assets. Also, the National Rally did 52%, which worries me. So it’s not an easy choice. When we talk about parachuting we have the impression of sending someone to an easy sector. This is not the case.
The yellow vests were very active in Montargois, the RN took the lead in the first round of the presidential election. Is it a poisoned gift?
It is neither a gift nor a poisoning. It is rather a real challenge. It is the meaning of the political struggle not to do only easy things. For five years, I have carried out structural reforms for National Education. I like to move things forward.
Do you already know the name of your replacement?
I will work it out next week with my fans. It will have a local anchorage.
How will you organize your campaign?
I’ve been here a good part of the last week. And next week I will be very present. I will have a van to tour the villages and meet the citizens. But care must be taken with the current state of National Education.
“I do not project myself to defeat”
Can you imagine the defeat next June?
We must first imagine victory. When you go to an election campaign, it’s to win. I am in a successful mood.
If you lose, what will you do?
I don’t project myself into defeat.
Next week, you will still be the minister ofEnational education?
It is not defined as I speak to you. It is normal for the President of the Republic to take time for the composition of the government. I will be there or I will not be there. Either way, I will support it.
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