A little over a month after joining the government and the overseas ministry, Yaël Braun-Pivet is taking a new step in his young political career, which began six years ago. At 51, the deputy of Yvelines became, Tuesday, June 28, the fourth character of the State following the second round of the ballot and the vote of 242 deputies of the National Assembly in her favor out of the 462 who voted. expressed. Sufficient to access the perch as well as the Hôtel de Lassay and its advantages.
The criminal lawyer by profession, who worked for the firm of the tenor of the bar Hervé Temime, began her political commitment in 2016 by joining La République en Marche (LRM), from the year of its creation. She was then a volunteer in a branch of the Restos du Coeur in Chanteloup-les-Vignes (Yvelines). Previously, in the mid-2000s, she had held the position of treasurer of the local branch of the Socialist Party in Tokyo (Japan) for a year, where her husband, an executive at L’Oréal, continued his professional career.
Target of several sexist remarks
In 2017, she was elected deputy for the 5th constituency of Yvelines, ending the twenty-five-year mandate of Jacques Myard, the conservative mayor of Maisons-Laffitte since 1989. In the process, she was elected to the prestigious position of president of the law commission, thus becoming the second woman to hold this position, twenty years after Catherine Tasca, also elected from Yvelines.
She was then the target of several sexist attacks within the commission itself, in particular from Robin Reda (former Les Républicains (LR), recently rallied to the presidential majority), who thanked her for an “almost maternal” reminder of the rules. because she could “be his mother.” But her pugnacity and her hard work got the better of the attacks on this political novice. “After being the subject of hazing and destabilization actions, Yaël Braun-Pivet was able to impose himself. She is a respected president, ”even says Eric Ciotti, LR deputy for the Alpes-Maritimes.
In the summer of 2017, during the work of her commission on the moralization of political life, she thinks her microphone is cut off and deplores the attitude of her group. “We have a text manager who is non-existent, it’s as if she were in Nouméa on a deck chair”, she says before adding: “We have a group that is sleeping, who does not know how to step up, who is wallowing. The chosen one explains afterwards. “I really didn’t feel supported. I’m not blaming my group, but we have to find our place. “She struggled to find hers the following year, in the summer of 2018, when the Benalla affair broke out.
The scar of the commission of inquiry into the Benalla affair
While Le Monde identifies Alexandre Benalla, close to Emmanuel Macron, as the man with a police armband filmed assaulting May Day demonstrators, Parliament quickly took up the case. A commission of inquiry, chaired by Ms. Braun-Pivet, is launched at the National Assembly. But the latter closes its hearings at the end of July, without transmitting the slightest report or formulating a conclusion.
The elected official is then accused by the opposition of not having done what is necessary to establish the truth and thus protect the Elysée. Conversely, it is the Senate, mostly on the right, which becomes the nerve center of the parliamentary inquiry in September. During this period, the mother of five children claims to have received dozens of sexist and anti-Semitic threats and insults and is filing a complaint. “The Board of Inquiry was set up in less than twenty-four hours. We interviewed the highest officials of the Elysée. What more do you need? “, she defends herself.
After the departure of François de Rugy from the presidency of the National Assembly to join the government at the start of the 2018 school year, Yaël Braun-Pivet declared himself a candidate. For her, the candidacy of Richard Ferrand, a former figure in politics, does not fit with the transgression displayed by La République en Marche. “I think it’s not up to our movement, the aspiration of the French to renewal,” she says at the microphone of RTL, before turning around in the early afternoon to not bringing “division” to his movement and claiming to have suffered “no pressure” from the Elysée. Four years later, she can therefore access the highest step of the National Assembly without hindrance in a Chamber that is more fragmented than ever.