policy, the new minister for territorial Cohesion Sébastien Lecornu, 32 years old, is ” fell into it when he was little.” In the ranks of the right, its first family of adoption, it describes a ” passionate, promised to a beautiful career “. The ex-secretary of State for the ecological Transition becomes minister for territorial Cohesion, with Julien Denormandie, under the tutelage of Jacqueline Gourault. A promotion in the semi-shade for the one who had dangled, a time, the ministry of Agriculture. “We are trying to build a team, stalling, a counselor. Composed of Jacqueline Gourault who is familiar with the Senate, Sébastien Lecornu who is familiar with the local elected officials, and Julien Denormandie, walker history. “To the family of the minister, the Cohesion of the territories could not be brought by a representative of the Senate, all the more that it is a specialist degree in local communities.

a Native of the Eure, in Normandy, he made his first steps as a militant in the UMP, and integrates the young people of the right of the region of Vernon. It starts locally, her arms gradually in its city of origin, up to his meeting with Bruno Le Maire, in 2005. Between the two men, the current flows immediately, and Sébastien Lecornu, thrown in at the deep end at the age of 22, became the youngest advisor to the minister of the government of François Fillon. It follows then, Bruno Le Maire, Agriculture, as an advisor to business reserved. “Bruno Le Maire, has a lot of affection for Sébastien Lecornu, who was invested by his side,” says one of the relatives of the minister of the Economy. They have climbed the ranks together and are very complementary. The one owes a lot to the other and vice versa. “

Very close to Édouard Philippe

The entry of Sébastien Lecornu in macronie is the fruit of a disappointment : the three-month campaign alongside François Fillon. “This experience has not been very pleasant for him, confirms Patrick Stefanini, who he worked with at that time. François Fillon, even if he knew, he was saying just hello, do associated not to the decisions… He has been disappointed by the man, humanly and politically. “It is so” full of hope and admiration ” that Sébastien Lecornu turns to Emmanuel Macron in the aftermath of the presidential election. “In 2017, it is reached a macronite acute. It has a true fascination for the character, ” says a member of the Republicans.

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Inspired by the incarnation presidential Emmanuel Macron, the youngest of the government also has its mentors of the right, such as Nicolas Sarkozy, whom he sees regularly, but also, and especially, Edward Philippe, of which he is closer to the opportunity of the primary to the right, at the end of 2016, and to that he owes his appointment to the secretariat of State for the ecological Transition in June 2017. “Sébastien Lecornu is built politically from Bruno Mayor, says a close. However, the primary and the relations of the normans, allowed him to nourish a particular complicity with Édouard Philippe. “One remembers a Thursday, at the end of march 2017, a few days after the terrorist attacks, where Édouard Philippe gives a parenthesis of the arts to the opening of an exhibition at the museum of impressionists in Giverny, france, chaired by his friend and cadet norman.

A profile very “old world”

In the executive, we appreciate with the new minister on his side ” plodder “. “With him, it is 24 hours on 24,” says a close relative of Bruno Le Maire. This is someone who has the means of its ambitions. “In his former political family, the next solemn young minister ready to smile. It is making fun of his appearance too traditional, too ” old world “. He is the one who ” calls the decorations “. “It is true that one finds it in him, confirms Patrick Stefanini. It has a side notable of the Third Republic. He is young and has all the tricks of the trade. But to master the codes, it is necessary to have this old world… ”

The attachment to its territory

Sébastien Lecornu accords to the question of the attachment of local interest, in particular. “This is an elected official of ground, close to people,” says an adviser. Almost every weekend, the minister visits in the Eure department, its department of origin. On the markets, it tests from the Normans to the popularity of the government’s reforms of the week. “It is deeply attached to his land, analysis of one of his friends. So much so, that he could be subjected to a dilemma facing the question of return, or not, the presidency of the departmental council of Eure in 2021. “But in the meantime, Sébastien Lecornu has the time to dig its furrow. And can continue to survey the population of normandy on his own popularity, to be well prepared.