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These municipal elections have also laid bare the lie that Macron's party, "La République En Marche" is anything but a full-fledged right-wing party (with authoritarian tendencies at that). For the past three years, Macron and his troops have pursued a standard neo-lib policy: tax cuts for the rich, less workers rights, unemployed treated as "slackers". Just like the LR (formerly UMP) party of Sarkozy & Fillon.

Macron, being a smooth talker, has been maintaining that his party is "elsewhere", neither right nor left (and not in the center either, despite being allied to the Centrists led by F.Bayrou). A capitalism with a human face, so to speak. The first strong pushback started started a year and a half go, with the gilets jaunes movement, and, more recently, the anti-racist movement, spurred worldwide by the George Floyd violent death.

Each and every time, Macron and his government have arbitrated in favor of the 1% vs. the 99%, and, facing the Green wave, the largely unsuccessful LREM candidates are joining forces with the right-wing LR as an anti-Green (and anti-Red) front. So much for a president who has been pushing for a green new deal...

by Bernard on Sun Jun 28th, 2020 at 04:22:58 PM EST
These elections are turning into a rout for the Macronistas: LREM candidates have been ousted everywhere, starting with Lyon and the resounding defeat of Gérard Collomb, formerly PS who joined Macron three year ago.
Also in Tours, the LREM supported incumbent mayor was overthrown by a left-wing coalition led by EELV Emmanuel Denis.

In Lorient, Defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (also a former PS who joined Macron's party LREM) was ousted, this time by a right-wing rival, thus probably sinking any hope for Le Drian to eventually succeed Edouard Philippe as Macron's Prime minister - vae victis ...

Only relative success: in Toulouse the incumbent right-wing mayor Jean-Luc Moudenc (LR) was re-elected with support from LREM.

by Bernard on Sun Jun 28th, 2020 at 08:45:03 PM EST
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Also: Edouard Philippe re-elected in Le Havre; he left the city hall three years ago to become Macron's Prime minister. It is predicted that he'll leave the position and remain in Le Havre. Jupiter to appoint a replacement in the next few days.
by Bernard on Sun Jun 28th, 2020 at 08:50:35 PM EST
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