Clément Leonarduzzi and Brice Blondel will be part of Macron’s new team at the Elysée

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Clement Leonarduzzi, right, September 8, 2020 at the Elysée. He is now in charge of communication at the Elysée. – Ludovic Marin / AFP

It has been known since June that Emmanuel Macron was separating from two of his close advisers to begin a new phase of his presidency. The names of the replacements for his chief of staff and his communications advisor Joseph Zimet were announced on Tuesday at Official newspaper.

Clément Leonarduzzi, president of Publicis Consultants, Influence branch of the Publicis group and specialist in crisis management, will replace Zimet as head of communications. Also published in the OJ, the appointment of Brice Blondel, who has just left his post of prefect of the Hautes-Pyrénées, as Emmanuel Macron’s chief of staff to replace François-Xavier Lauch, who became deputy chief of staff of Gerald Darmanin at the ministry inside.

A “commando” team

Influential figure of Macronie, Philippe Grangeon is leaving his functions of special adviser on Tuesday to retire. Former head of the CFDT and then of En Marche from its creation, Philippe Grangeon was tasked at the beginning of 2019 to help Emmanuel Macron to launch “act 2” of his five-year term on the occasion of the “great debate” following the crisis “yellow vests”.

A few months later, in August 2019, Joseph Zimet had in turn joined the Elysee to take responsibility for communication after the departure of Sibeth Ndiaye, who became government spokesperson. This historian, who had coordinated the Centenary Mission of the First World War, was responsible for reweaving previously strained relations with journalists.

A government source told AFP in July that Emmanuel Macron wanted with these changes “to equip himself at the Elysee with a commando team, responsible for delivering results, improving the readability and narrative of the action public and prepare for the 2022 campaign ”. Vice-Admiral Jean-Philippe Rolland also took on the post of Chief of Staff of the President on August 1, replacing Admiral Bernard Rogel.

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