Here, I relate what the journalist said in his article “Matignon éteint en urgence la polémique sur les pesticides”. All quotes, originally in French, were translated by me.
This article contains the same elements as the previous one. He adds in particular:
“The episode reinforces the feeling that the President of the Republic strongly imprints his will on the government, including on technical matters. During his campaign, Emmanuel Macron had indeed assured that he would not take a step back on the issue of bee-killing pesticides. For his part, Édouard Philippe, when he was [member of parliament], had not voted to ban them. “