Jean-Yves Le Drian decorated by Emmanuel Macron – Brittany

A good part of the government (The Mayor, Darmanin, Véran, Dussopt, Colonna, Riester, etc.) attended, Thursday morning, at the Elysée, the tribute that the Head of State paid to his former Minister of Foreign Affairs in making him an Officer of the Legion of Honor. Surrounded by his wife Maria and his family, at the end of a decade having seen him serve two Presidents, from the Ministry of Defense, under Holland, to the Quai d’Orsay, with Macron, the former head of diplomacy had also brought together the fine flower of Breton employers, from Jean-Marc Roué, the president of Brittany Ferries, to Gilles Falc’hun, president of SILL, without forgetting his successor at the head of the Brittany Region, Loïg Chesnais-Girard, the president of the departmental council of Morbihan David Lappartient, the mayor of Lorient, Fabrice Loher, the deputies Didier le Gac, Jimmy Pahun, Jean-Michel Jacques and… among the retirees, the eternal Paul Anselin, former vice-president of the Region and mayor of Ploërmel, or former elected officials such as Kerguéris, Le Roch… Alain Minc, Stéphane Fouks and the boss of the CMA-CGM Rodolphe Saadé, as well as the former Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, completed the picture.

“Republican universalism nourished by Breton particularism”

Emmanuel Macron retraced the career of his former minister at length, from his youth in Lanester (56), in the post-war barracks, at the Saint-Louis college in Lorient, under the rule of his mother, Louisette, an activist of Action Catholique Ouvrière and his father Jean, an automobile storekeeper, who had met at the JOC (Youth of Christian Workers).

Comparing him amusingly to Cyrano de Bergerac, (with his famous tirade “it’s a rock, what am I saying, it’s a peninsula!”), the President of the Republic then spoke at length about the ascent of the “menhir”. The conquest of Lorient, thanks to his mentor, the socialist mayor, Yves Allainmat, who demanded only one thing, that he cut his hair, and the metamorphosis of the city. The pink tsunami breaking over the Region of the man who adopted a yellow raincoat as his distinctive mark, after a short crossing of the desert, following his departure from the Secretariat for the Sea where, appointed by Edith Cresson, he began the reform of the dockers. Then his refusal to accept Nicolas Sarkozy’s offer, to finally take the Hôtel de Brienne at the request of President François Hollande, Operation Serval, in Mali, the war against terrorism, the successes won for the benefit of the arms industry, world tours in the service of French diplomacy. “You have drawn your quiet strength from republican universalism nourished by Breton particularism”, concluded the Head of State.

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