The minister of local authorities, who came from the right and former opponent of marriage for all, was called to order by Matignon, after her statements on homosexuals provoked indignation within the executive and a part of the majority.
The exercise of contrition has its limits and forgiveness is not always granted when one asks for it. The new Minister of Territorial Communities, Caroline Cayeux, has had a painful experience of this. Despite “sincere” apologies , she said, made to associations fighting against homophobia and to the government – some of whose members she shocked – published in an interview with Le Parisien on July 14, the septuagenarian barely to make people forget what they said about homosexuals and marriage for all.
In 2012, at the time of the heated debates on marriage for all, M me Cayeux, at the time senator of the Union for a popular movement (now Les Républicains, LR), had described the union open to homosexuals as a ” purpose against nature” . Remarks which earned him a platform, in the magazine Têtu , on July 11, signed in particular by left-wing elected officials, calling for the resignation of “ministers with a past Manif pour tous” – Gérald Darmanin and Christophe Béchu are also quoted.
Remarks, above all, that the minister “maint [enus] of course” , on LCP, on July 12, before explaining that she had “many friends among these people”. A wording which, far from erasing the fault, only accentuated the discomfort.
In a column to be published on Sunday July 17 in Le Journal du dimanche ( JDD ), several dozen parliamentarians from the majority – from the Renaissance and Horizons parties – as well as elected officials from the left and LR issue a call to order addressed to the government. “The issue is not whether Caroline Cayeux resigns or not” , specifies one of the signatories of the text, Bertrand Sirven, former communications adviser to Bruno Le Maire, who says he was “stunned” by the words of the minister.“But, sometimes, the word has a greater reach than the law.
How to accept that a member of the executive, whose first role is to ensure the application of the laws, can qualify as “those people” French citizens? “ , he explains. “The question is whether the government, in its duty of solidarity, validates the position of one of its members, and whether the majority subscribes to its attitude,” he adds.
The charge aims to remind those who would be tempted to ignore it that Emmanuel Macron’s government, which includes members from the right formerly opposed to marriage for all, must maintain a progressive attitude on societal issues. And that no slippage can be tolerated.