Until now, criticism has come almost exclusively from the rebels. But now a right-wing official also denounces the presence of Emmanuel Macron next Saturday at the mass that Pope Francis will offer at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille. This is Olivier Marleix, head of the deputies of Les Républicains.
“The mass is not a one-man show,” the Eure-et-Loir elected official lamented on France Info this Tuesday. “It is a moment that brings together the faithful, the believers.” “That the president is going to receive the Pope on the track, very good, but that he is going to attend mass, that seems a little incongruous to me coming from someone who is evidently not a Christian,” he said, he continued.
And to point out a “hypocrisy”, “on the part of someone whose project is a text about the end of life that offends all Catholics.”
Before Olivier Marleix, the rebels had also criticized the decision of the Head of State, seeing in his presence at this mass a problem regarding the 1905 law on the separation of Churches and State. “Macron does it without respecting his own function,” criticized Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of La France insoumise, in particular.
“It’s my place,” Emmanuel Macron defended himself last Friday, before ensuring that he would not attend this event “as a Catholic but as president.” Furthermore, those around him responded that the separation between Church and State “does not at all exclude the Republic from maintaining relations” with “all religions.”
Source: BFM TV