Monday, August 15

Macron outlines his second term with the Minister of Labor among the favorites to lead the new Government

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, re-elected this Sunday against the far-right leader Marine Le Pen, begins to design his new policy with the goal of reconciling the country and winning the next legislative elections, which the rest of the formations have also marked as objective.

Macron: “Many have voted for me to block the extreme right and that is an obligation for me”

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These new elections will take place on June 12 and 19 and their result will determine the margin of the Executive when carrying out its reforms. The current majority is made up of Macron’s party, with 267 of the 577 deputies, by the centrist MoDem (57) and by the Agir Ensemble group (22).

The five-year period that began in 2017 ends on May 13 and closes the stage after a presidential election in which Macron has prevailed with 58.54% of the votes, with which he has lost some two million votes since 2017, compared to 2, 6 million earned by his rival from the National Association.

Those results and the three million null or blank votes outline a fractured France of which the president says he is aware. “I know that many compatriots voted for me not to support the ideas that I defend but to block those of the extreme right,” he said in his first speech after the victory.

Change of government

“This new stage will not be the continuity of the five-year period that is ending, but five better years at the service of our country,” Macron promised during election night. The re-elected president is expected to announce a new prime minister in the coming days for his new five-year term.

The current prime minister, Jean Castex, is expected to present his resignation and that of his government at the end of the week or the beginning of May, and although in theory he could be reappointed to the post, he himself has admitted that he believes that after the re-election of a president must be given “a new impetus”.

Who will succeed him? One of the names that has sounded the most to replace the current prime minister is that of the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, who would be the second woman to hold the position after Édith Cresson (1991-1992).

“The president has had the opportunity to express himself, he would like to have a female appointment for [Hotel] Matignon [residencia oficial del primer ministro]”, said monday on BFM TV Clément Beaune, current Secretary of State for European Affairs. But asked this Monday Due to her possible appointment on RTL radio, the minister has avoided speaking out and has responded: “That’s not the point”.

The name of Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie, often said to be a slightly younger Macron, has also been circulated. “Two hard workers, technical profiles, who have the added virtue of knowing how to lead debates, especially with a view to the future pension reform”, says an adviser quoted by Le Parisien.

Other possible candidates could be the president of the National Assembly, Richard Ferrand; the Minister of Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire or Gérald Darmanin, Ministry of the Interior. The name of Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (ECB) and former director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has also been mentioned for some time.

“A new method”

During his speech, Macron promised this Sunday a “refounded method” to be, he said, “the president of all”. “We want to go much further on a number of challenges, mainly the question of purchasing power, but also the climate challenge. And also in terms of security, protection of the French. We want to invent a new method,” government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on BFM TV on Monday.

Le Maire has agreed that there must be a change in the form of government so that citizens express themselves more frequently, both with referendums and with “simpler” mechanisms, such as a citizen amendment that would need 100,000 signatures to submit it to Parliament.

But those good intentions could collide again with the will and need for reform. Le Maire could not guarantee on the France Info radio station that they will not resort to constitutional article 49.3, which exempts the parliamentary vote, to approve the pension reform, which would delay the retirement age from 62 to 65 years.