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Macron flops in legislative elections. Now he is looking for an agreement with the Republicans, who, however, snub him
He had to be the king, he risks being the killer. Emmanuel Macron risks not being the only loser in the French legislative elections. With him, the European Union too can suffer serious setbacks, especially in such a delicate moment after the war in Ukraine in which a strong hand would be needed. After Angela Merkel left the scene, everyone thought it would be up to him, but Macron has five years ahead that promise to be full of problems rather than opportunities.
Le Figaro is lapidary: “Macron, the specter of a five-year stillborn”, reads the title of the post-vote editorial signed by director Alexis Brézet, which analyzes the outcome of the electoral round in France, from which President Emmanuel Macron left without an absolute majority. “Nothing helped. Neither the belated appeals for the” republican push “launched by the President of the Republic, nor his Ukrainian escapade stitched with white thread. And let’s not talk about these strange invectives of Elisabeth Borne against the” far right “, while the far left was upon us! This time, the “useful vote” strategy didn’t work. “
“Inverted mirror of the presidential election, this second round of legislative elections furiously resembles an anti-Macron referendum,” notes Brézet. What emerges is a political picture where extremes “have never been so powerful: Nupes, of course, but also Rn, whose historical turning point is the other surprise. As far as the right is concerned, albeit in retreat, it manages to limit the breakup better than it could have hoped. “In fact, Marine Le Pen’s achievement is remarkable, bringing the Rassemblement National from 8 seats to 90. Macron’s first opponent if we consider the seats of individual parties, since Me’lenchon’s La France Insoumise has 84.
Macron loses ministers and senior collaborators, Le Pen first rival
The consequences on the Macron government will be considerable. Of the 15 government exponents who are candidates in the French legislative elections, two have not been elected deputies at the moment and will therefore have to resign, as is customary. This is the Minister of Health, Brigitte Bourguignon, and of the undersecretary with responsibility for the sea, Justine Benin. The president of Macron’s LREM group was also defeated, Christophe Castaner, that in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence he will have to give way to Nupes’ rival Léo Walter; and the president of the National Assembly, Richard Ferrand, beaten by Nupes opponent Mélanie Thomin in Finistère.
“This situation constitutes a risk for our country in view of the challenges we face, both nationally and internationally,” the premier said late in the evening. Élisabeth Borne. “We will work from tomorrow to build an action majority” and “good compromises will have to be built,” he added. A political earthquake that Macron will try to stop looking for agreements, for example with the Republicans. But the Gaullists have already made it known that he intends to remain in the opposition.
The blow, as mentioned, risks having serious repercussions also on Europe. Orphan of Merkel, Brussels will also have to deal with a Macron distracted by the Parisian court plots, probably unable to collect the scepter that once belonged to the Chancellor and which now risks remaining vacant. Just as Vladimir Putin threatens Europe’s eastern flank, and while Joe Biden is pressing for more loyalty.
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