On Wednesday, the French will get to meet their Prime Minister when she delivers her general policy speech at the National Assembly's deputies at 3:00 p.m. Although Elisabeth Borne was a minister for five years in Emmanuel Macron’s first five-year term it is still unknown.
When she arrived at Matignon, she really understood the concept. She is far from the rigid image of a senior civil servant, which she often associates with her, and she dedicates her appointment with emotion all little girls and equal opportunity.
She is a good listener. At eleven she lost her father and was made a ward by the nation. Each step she took on the ladder of meritocracy led to her death.
She will be only the second woman to give a general policy speech in Parliament this Wednesday, thirty years after Edith Cresson. They are very different. As if to motivate herself for this crucial moment in her political life, the first had pulled up her sleeves when she spoke. Elisabeth Borne, on the other hand, is more reserved. She is described as demanding but she doesn't often raise her voice to express her opinion. She is who she is. Her entourage is "resolute, combative with an immense capacity for work", she says.
A legislative session is not complete without a general policy speech. Elisabeth Borne must give a speech of about one hour outlining her plans, priorities, and who she is. Jean Castex and Edouard Philippe had a simpler game. They spoke in front a hemicycle that they had mainly acquired.
The first had instilled a serious style with humor; the second was more direct and jovial. Elisabeth Borne won't ask for the confidence from the deputies on Wednesday because the executive has only a relative majority. Therefore, the oppositions will be stronger and will file a motion to censure against him.
Oppositions could also interrupt his speech, if they are determined to win the fight. The same evening, she will be on the set for the 20-hour newspaper of TF1.
It is unclear if the Prime Minister will be examined on Wednesday. Her style, persuasive ability, and the way she will present it will all be evaluated.
Edith Cresson knew long after she left Matignon that her speech was too traditional. She also spoke in front a hemicycle accompanied by a relative majority. What will Elisabeth Borne look like? It has been a long time since she started to work on it. She knows there is no room for error. Although she is under pressure, this polytechnician has learned how to handle it.