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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...
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.
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