A month and a half later, Emmanuel Macron is back in Marseille. The president went, Saturday, October 16, to the National Congress of Firefighters, where he is to give a speech at the end of the morning, the day after a demonstration in Paris by firefighters to obtain more resources. This visit is an opportunity for Emmanuel Macron to respect the tradition of presidents of attending their congress once during their mandate.
After reviewing the troops in front of the Palais des Congrès de Marseille, in Parc Chanot, the president began a tour of the stands. He notably met a 74-year-old former firefighter, severely burned, who expressed his difficulties to him. “I remember that you would like to have a single number, to have easier access to administrative services; we will look with the minister. You still have a strange energy “, replied the president.
Mr. Macron greeted the new recruits of the firefighters, who this year are holding a congress open to the general public. Among the 250,000 firefighters in France, 80% are volunteers. Volunteers who are waiting for a gesture from the State towards them.
The Head of State arrived in Marseille on Friday at the very end of the afternoon, for a first progress report on the “Marseille en grand” plan that he had announced on September 2, in order to come to the help from a city that is experiencing “Exceptional difficulties”, in its own words, including dilapidated schools and a woefully inadequate public transport network.
“The difficulties here are so exceptional and the potentials so great that there is something to be invented”, had launched Friday evening the Head of State, in the middle of a hundred young people and entrepreneurs, before leaving for a dinner with the mayor of Marseille, Benoît Payan (Socialist Party), the president of the metropolis, Martine Vassal (Les Républicains), and representatives of the prefecture and the region. This dinner of more than four hours was “Fruitful”, according to Mr. Payan’s entourage: he allowed “To work well and address points of detail”.
Friday morning, before the arrival of the President of the Republic, the mayor of Marseille had repeated to wait for answers from the government, in particular on his school renovation plan, estimated at 1.2 billion euros. His entourage did not specify on Saturday whether things had progressed on this file. None of the participants at this dinner had yet officially expressed themselves on Saturday morning.