“Break the codes. Bring in people who have never been in politics. […] Shake up a whole political landscape in an area where there is no real bonus for new entrants. ” In her book Une Marcheuse en campagne (Albin Michel), Axelle Tessandier recounts, at the end of 2017, the ambition of the movement En Marche! launched on April 6, 2016 by Emmanuel Macron. The author is a business manager who, during the months of the presidential campaign, became the national delegate of this great gathering whose initials are also those of the future candidate for the Elysee Palace.
“Delivered to ourselves”
Five years later? No more trace of his passage, or almost, in the building of the movement-party near the Opera, in Paris. Since the end of 2018, the strong man of this formation born around the ambition of a man is its general delegate, the Parisian deputy Stanislas Guérini. Those who, in 2016-2017, haunted the campaign offices of the rue de l’Abbé-Groult, near the Porte de Versailles, in Paris, are no more than a memory. “After Macron’s victory, we were left to ourselves, with our little means”, says LREM deputy for the Alpes-Maritimes Alexandra Valetta, 44, in Tout ça pour ça – They wanted to change everything, they failed (Ed. Plon), a survey of the new deputies elected in June 2017, ie 314 “walkers” out of 577 elected.