In his preparatory work for the writing of his book President Burglar, journalist Corinne Lhaïk has made many discoveries about the personality of President Emmanuel Macron. And one of them is crystallized in an event: the presidential visit to Mulhouse hospital in March 2020, in the midst of the first wave of Covid-19. The journalist explains in the show It feels good how this episode is, according to her, characteristic of “the inability of Emmanuel Macron to reform the administration”.
During this visit, Emmanuel Macron meets a nurse and a receptionist from the emergency department of the Mulhouse hospital. “He is so moved by what they tell him that he starts to cry”, reveals the journalist. After that, the president makes a speech at 8 p.m. and announces the hospital plan.
But he does it so precisely that it intrigues Corinne Lhaïk, who questions him on the subject during an interview organized for the writing of her book. “He told me it was so detailed because he feared that the administrative system behind would put itself in a position not to do things or to tone them down,” she explains.
The journalist is the first surprised by this explanation. “It’s still extraordinary that someone who is President of the Republic feels the need to step in the door in the face of the administration,” she wonders.
For the journalist, this difficulty with the administrative system was one of the “real discoveries” of her investigation. “You could think he was going to get there because he was starting from a different place than the other presidents and he had thought about the subject,” she observes.
“He believes that speaking is self-fulfilling”
The journalist may describe Emmanuel Macron in laudatory terms (“someone who has a well-made and full head”, “who knows perfectly how the state works”, “who is not a prisoner of technocracy” , “intuitive”, “with a certain daring”), the observation is there: “Once in power, he cannot reform the administration” she sums up.
The journalist also points to one of the president’s weaknesses, who could help explain this difficulty in reforming. “Emmanuel Macron believes that speaking is self-fulfilling,” she said. “It is enough to speak, to say things for them to be done. He discovers, along the way, that this is not the case.”