Morhange (France) – Emmanuel Macron on Monday honored the memory of the "heroic" Poilus who fell in battle at the beginning of the 1914-18 war in Lorraine, on the second day of his long voyage of commemoration of the centenary of the end of the Great War. .
The head of state shared his day in two: after the commemorations of the morning, place the afternoon in the defense of his policy and in contact with the elected officials, whom he saw during three hours, and the world economic.
It will be the same throughout the week on the roads of the east and north where Emmanuel Macron seeks to returate the link with the French against a backdrop of bad polls.
In a busy schedule, however, he did not do a walkabout, as he is accustomed during his travels in the province, causing the resentment of residents waiting for him in Pont-à-Mousson (Meurthe -et-Moselle).
"Many people would like to ask him questions, but we can not meet him when he is a president who says he is close to the people", regretted Jean-Christophe Meyer, head of CGT of the local union, who demonstrated with a hundred people in front of the station.
Emmanuel Macron started the day among veterans, including some in 14-18 blue skies, meeting on the site of the battle of Morhange (Moselle), a defeat at the beginning of the war.
In the autumn fog, he gathered in front of the dedicated monument "to fallen soldiers gloriously"in the month of August 1914."100 years later, their sacrifice forces us to defend peace", proclaims the commemorative plaque he unveiled without speaking.
– "forgotten deaths"-
Present at his side, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, General François Lecointre, recalled the "disaster"military that had been the battle of Morhange, episode of the battle of the Borders, during which some 40.000 French soldiers had been killed during"fierce battles"while the French forces were trying to take Alsace-Moselle back to the Germans.
"We do not commemorate a defeat, we pay homage to forgotten deaths", explained Joseph Zimet, head of the Centennial Mission.
"It is a great honor that Mr. Macron has given us. We are not used to seeing presidents come on the ground honor the fighters and the Hairy", greeted Jacques Idoux, the mayor (DVD) of Morhange, a small town of 4,000 inhabitants.
"The battle of Morhange was a real defeat", told Dominique Gervasi, a history buff and member of the Grammar Battery of Haute Alsace, a group of musicians in period military costume."This defeat was due in particular to the uniforms, whose trousers were still red and very visible from the enemies, as well as to the unprepared generals, who have also for many been returned later", according to him.
After Morhange, Emmanuel Macron will visit other emblematic places of the First World War, including Verdun Tuesday, a very dense day that will see him also pay tribute to the writer Maurice Genevoix, one of the feathers of the war, to Eparges (Meuse). He will end the day in Reims with a tribute to "the Black Army", including Senegalese riflemen, in the presence of Malian President Ibrahim Boubakar Keita.
– reconstruction –
The afternoon was dedicated to greet the spirit of "reinvention and reconstruction"Great East, a region that has not only recovered from the two world wars but also"thrashing"deindustrialisation, especially in Lorraine.
He visited the Novasep biotechnology company in Pompey, which recently announced an investment of 17 million euros for a biomolecule development unit for innovative treatments.
He then had to meet investors participating in the show "Choose France Grand Est", which will also be attended by six ministers including Muriel Pénicaud (Labor) and Nathalie Loiseau (European Affairs).
On this occasion, it could answer the discontent rising on the purchasing power and the increase of the price of the fuels. "The president asked the government to work on ways to support the most fragile and most constrained people"by the use of the car, said his entourage.
After giving Sunday interviews to the dailies of the east and north, Emmanuel Macron will speak on Tuesday at the morning of Europe 1.