For semiologist Mariette Darrigrand, “Elisabeth Borne sought approval in a non-violent way”

Even if some deputies have confused the Assembly with a football stadium, the Prime Minister revealed, on Wednesday, in the hubbub, a more unexpected side of her personality. The view of semiologist Mariette Darrigrand, author of “Viriles comme Vénus” (Éditions des Equateurs).

A woman, yes, but…“It’s not her habit to hold a speech as a woman. Usually, Elisabeth Borne presents herself as a fairly neutral being. She is not an obvious feminist. There she repeatedly spoke of herself as a woman and she recalled past women before her. This feminine, feminist dimension, even if it is not first in her political discourse, is still present. However, we don’t have the usual feminine codes. When, in the emotion, she speaks of her father, it is a speech of history.

She split the armor, but we weren’t sentimental. She was virile, which does not mean masculine, but valiant.Semiologist Mariette Darrigrand. Photo Gerard Cambon

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The pleasure at the end of the lips “She seemed happy to make her speech when we know her to be more introverted, more restrained. She enjoyed being there. The jokes, the reactions of the Nupes… made him smile. She has shown that she does not want her joy to speak as Prime Minister to be taken away from her. She let her pleasure speak, it’s a bit American, it’s not so French. »

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something fun“This playful side struck me. It’s not the first impression she usually gives. She was smiling. And this pleasure that she let speak is something that is transmitted. She didn’t ask for the vote of confidence, but she got several loud applause, standing ovations. Somewhere, she went to seek approval in a non-violent, somewhat hedonistic way, not in feminine seduction, nor in fighting. It was almost playful, a little childish. She was not impressed, she had physical courage”.

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Anaphoras but no emphasis“’La France, notre France’… She knew how to handle the anaphora without being over-emphasized. We were in the republican emotion. In this it was close to Rocard, to whom she alluded in passing. When he made his speech on general policy, he was criticized for going up the stairwell, when he had the image of an intellectual. She, an engineer, very pragmatic, brought up on two or three occasions something of the order of a lyrical emotion about the Republic. She is Rocardian in this way of making a link between the lyrical and the pragmatic. If she is techno through every pore of her skin, she demonstrated a republican-like emotion, intended to federate, and presented herself as a woman of reconciliation”.

A little Castex sideTerritories, local elected officials, intermediary bodies… The Prime Minister had nothing of Jupiter about her. “It’s the doxa. She put herself in the line of Castex. It is also his vision of France. »Photo AFP

“Building”, a metaphor not by chance“She did the Ponts et Chaussées, was an engineer then prefect. She works on the extremely concrete side of France, hence her metaphor around “building”, which is no coincidence. She wants to build majorities of projects, which consists in building solid bridges between the various sensibilities of the Assembly. Through this metaphor, she shows herself to be authentic. »

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