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New start for Macron - and successor?

New start for Macron – and successor?

Renaissance was the slogan when Macron’s supporters campaigned ahead of the 2019 EU election.

With the revival of its French spelling, the party has something in common with the liberal Mo Tem and the new right-wing center Horizons (yes, ultimately s for plural). The idea is to get a consistent majority behind the president’s policy with common candidates.

The coalition operates under the name Coalition (in French) and is chaired by current Speaker Richard Ferrand.

However, the participation of Horizons is very significant. The party was founded last fall by the famous former Prime Minister Edward Philip. Nearly two years after his transfer, the fact that he is now back on Macron’s side reinforces the image of Philip as the most thoughtful candidate in the next presidential election in 2027.

Fight against the left

In the run-up to the parliamentary elections, France’s left-wing parties are similarly aligned, while the Macron Alliance is advancing. The Left Party, led by Okuvade France (FI), the Social Democratic PS, the Environmental Party EELV and the Communist Party PCF, dreams of electoral victory.

FI leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon came in third with just 20 percent of the vote in the first round of the presidential election, launching an offensive aimed at becoming prime minister.

However, there are many doubts. In the negotiations, the Left, among others, has put forward formulas that the Coalition should not obey certain EU rules – which have traditionally made big names in the EU-friendly PS and EELV.

Festival in Paris

Not least within PS, the division is large.

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– I think it was a big mistake for the PS to throw itself into the hands of the FI to save about 20 seats, commentator Brice Teinturier commented in the Belgian newspaper Le Soir.

The Left Alliance is campaigning under the acronym News (New Environment and Community of Social Peoples) and aims to launch itself publicly on Saturday.

Typically, this happens with guests of honor, a military parade and speeches, while President Macron officially takes office in Paris for his second term.

French left-wing leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon hopes to become prime minister after the June parliamentary elections. Stock photo. Photo: Michel Spingler / AP / TT

France will hold parliamentary elections on June 12, when all 577 members of the lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, will be elected in one-person constituencies across the country.

50 percent of the vote is required to be directly elected. Otherwise, the second round will take place on June 19 between the two main candidates and the other candidates who received the support of at least 12.5 percent of the registered voters in the constituency.

Traditionally, the current president is supported by a majority in parliament so that he can choose a prime minister who will continue his political course. However, both Franுவாois Mitterrand and Jacques Chirac were sometimes forced to live with prime ministers and a parliamentary majority from other political camps during their presidency.