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It seems Macron's priority is always to stave off the far right, by appropriating as many centre right politicians as possible. If people want him to move to the left, they have to ensure Mélenchon becomes more of an electoral threat than Le Pen. Unfortunately his age will probably tell against him, and disunity will probably do for leftist influence for the foreseeable future.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun May 22nd, 2022 at 08:47:25 PM EST
Macron's strategy over the past five years has been precisely to promote the far right (RN) as his official opposition; to ensure that the presidential run-off is against their candidate, because he can't lose in that configuration.

The fact that this process of continual validation has shifted the whole political spectrum rightwards is not a problem for him. He presumably believes that they will never be electable; and that the left will stay marginal, because of the focus which is maintained on the Silly Party / Sensible Party dichotomy.

I'm not so sure that the left will disunite. Electorally, electoral alliance is the only route to power for the left; the fractious instincts will be kept in check as long as the new united left performs well in Parliament.

The problem is that Macron is contemptuous of Parliament, and has managed to keep the media focus away from the incompetence of his parliamentarians over the past five years. Constitutional reform to reinforce Parliament is the only long-term solution, and the left is absolutely united on that.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon May 23rd, 2022 at 08:41:30 AM EST
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Should the left alliance (NUPES, yes, we love ugly acronyms in France) win a majority at the parliamentary elections next month, we will (re)discover that the president has much less power than many would believe.

The only reason Macron has been able to run his policies without much trouble from the National Assembly was that the LREM (and MoDem - F.Bayrou) lawmakers have been so biddable.

The last time a president didn't have a majority at the parliament was between 1997 and 2002, when the PS won a majority at a snap election called by then president Chirac, who was forced to appoint L.Jospin (PS) as Prime Minister. The PS ran the government for five years and there was little Chirac could do.

Mélenchon's goal is to repeat Jospin's feat; still a long shot, but the only one remaining for the left parties.

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon May 23rd, 2022 at 05:25:55 PM EST
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I must have forgotten to refresh, cause I didn't see that you had already answered my question below.
by fjallstrom on Tue May 24th, 2022 at 11:11:37 AM EST
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With the news cycle currently dominated by rapist ministers (see above), who knows what will happen...

#metoo is just starting to make a difference in various domains of French society. The audiovisual industry is in convulsions over it... and rightly so... but at last taking the question seriously. And in the political realm, it's all verbal principles for the moment, with the closets jammed full of skeletons waiting to come dancing out.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue May 24th, 2022 at 02:04:28 PM EST
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If I remember corecctly from co-habitation during the 90ies, the PM has the domestic power, and the president mostly has has power in foreign politics. But is that merely how it plays out if they are both sensible persons?
by fjallstrom on Tue May 24th, 2022 at 11:10:11 AM EST
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