“This is the first time I’ve been so scared. I’m not feeling well tonight.”

In Grand-Bourgtheroulde, those who were disappointed by the “big debate”

The French flag floats under the morning sun in front of the Grand-Porterol Village Hall. It was in this city of 3,500 people in Eurasia that Emmanuel Macron began his big national debate, in response to the “yellow underwear” crisis. Seven hundred mayors gathered and discussed for more than seven hours. This was three years ago, on January 15, 2019.

Hubert and Florence Cavelier – he’s a truck driver, he’s a retired maintenance worker – especially remember the mess, they have never seen so many CRS and journalists here, in the words of Tholtporshwa. Hubert was born here. “We could not even go to the bakery”, Hubert says: The city was square to prevent potential tensions. “Yellow Underwear”, Florence and Hubert supported them, even though they did not hold a roundabout: “Everyone is indirectly affected”, They say more and more about their trolley, at the supermarket “Rickwick” And skyrocketing prices at the pump. The house is paid, “Fortunately”.

Big debate? “That’s all for this”Florence, 62, announces with a sigh as he exits the polling station, with a cigarette in his hand. In 2017, the pair voted for Emmanuel Macron in both rounds. “It simply came to our notice then. ⁇ They had too “I played” Write down their grievances in the notebook in the town hall. “We wonder where they went.” Grand-Bourgtheroulde’s list of grievances was one of the first complaints made to the head of state on January 15 by Mayor Vincent Martin.

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“They have to take into account the rural life. All these politicians in town are very nice, trying, but you have to live to understand.”, Hubert believes. He quotes the bus for Rouen, “One per day”Train, “Three or four”. “We live 1.5 kilometers away, so we have to pick up the car.”

Today, the couple wanted to “Permission” Macron. “He made big promises to us. There, at age 65, his pension reform was not possible when you started working at age 15., Says Florence – Reform takes into account hardship and long work. The former maintenance worker receives 700 euros a month. They were also disappointed that the outgoing president did not want to take part in the debate before the first round. “Courage” Hubert believes.

Camille Portenet

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