Hearing the sound accompanying the images broadcast by the Vatican, we had to do it twice. Attention necessary to listen to this sentence by Emmanuel Macron, at the end of his meeting with Pope Francis, Friday, November 26.
On the video, therefore, the president hands a book by the writer François Sureau to Pope Francis: “A little book which is a portrait of Ignatius de Loyola, whom you know better than I do.” “ In the press room, where journalists were listening attentively, a colleague blurted out: ” Hold on ? Does he talk to him? “ A familiarity indeed duly verified, including in the rest of the conversation. Emmanuel Macron: “I’ve tired you out, with all these fuss. “ Pope Francis: “You did not tire me”, or “Say hi to your wife for me. “ Then Emmanuel Macron: ” Thank you for your patience. Thank you. “
These words heard in flight will not fail to provoke annoyance. Including among those closest to the Pope, who often have a strong opinion on the question. “I hate people who flirt with the Pope, confided one of them to The cross few months ago. We don’t do that, even though we’ve known him for years. The Pope is the Pope. “ Others, on the contrary, will see it as a sign of simplicity.
But between Emmanuel Macron and François, it should be seen the mark of an obvious complicity, and the confirmation of the excellent understanding between the two men, extolled moreover regularly by the entourage of Emmanuel Macron. And put forward by the Elysee, as the start of the presidential campaign approaches.