Unheard of for a President who has just been re-elected. A major political setback for Macron. Since his LRM-Ensemble coalition failed to secure an outright majority, he seems doomed to negotiate and govern any reform. Give and take. Both with the Melenchist left and the Lepenist right. Much luck !
And the ‘tsunami’ of 89 MPs in the National Rally – which multiplies the number of its MPs 11 times – will give new impetus to French identity nationalists. As one Marine Le Pen elect said, “We are entering normalcy.”
By not employing a strategy to block the RN, Macron and his party directly contributed to their success. In addition, Le Pen’s party achieved the most victories when its candidates ran against a presidential-majority candidate. We see where the threat to Macron comes from.
Le Pen, leader of the opposition?
Marine Le Pen’s goal is to become “the leading political opposition force”. It is based on the fact that the Socialist Party, the EELV (ecological/green) and the Communist Party refuse to integrate with the Mélenchon “rebels” in a single group in the Palais-Bourbon.
Marine Le Pen even wants to strengthen her presence in the National Assembly. She is in recruitment mode and says she wants to “unite all elected officials and political movements that want to take part with us in restoring the country”.
His long-term goal is to make “the Republicans” go away. Despite setbacks, ex-President Sarkozy’s party wants “neither a pact nor a coalition” with Macron. Will this no-tricks-no-blocks strategy be enough to reverse their decline?
It is inevitable that the Reich Party Congress will play an increased role in the National Assembly. His deputies sit on all commissions of inquiry. This will enable Le Pen and his party to better assert their issues in parliamentary debates.
During the election campaign, Marine Le Pen announced that the first law the RN would submit to the National Assembly would be “the text of the fight against Islamism”. The RN wants to ban “Islamist ideologies” from all areas of society: cinemas, libraries, schools, etc.
Secularism in Quebec as in France
France bans teachers and state officials from wearing conspicuous religious symbols. How Quebec wants to do it. The concept of state secularism is dear to both governments.
Will Legault dare ask Macron to publicly support his Secularism Bill? Such a declaration in favor of Law 21 could be welcomed by much of the French concerned about identity issues, general election results show. But to woo “identity nationalists,” would Macron want to feud with his pal Justin Trudeau?