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Presidential election: for Macron, “the difficulties will begin very quickly” – Presidential Election

It is the first time under the Fifth Republic that an outgoing candidate is re-elected without the filter of cohabitations. So, very clearly, this is a great victory for Emmanuel Macron. Once you have said that, it must be nuanced immediately because Marine Le Pen has gained more than two million votes compared to 2017. For her, it is an honorable defeat which gives her hope for , possibly, another presidential one. But today, the French are not ready for the country to be led by someone like Marine Le Pen.

Does the Republican front still work?

This republican front still has meaning, but it has changed meaning. It now focuses less on questions of the Republic in danger, xenophobia, racism and more on questions of competence. What played a role, and we saw it during the debate, was rather the idea that we could not entrust the keys to the country to someone whose program seemed less serious, less solid and suddenly , much more dangerous, especially on European issues, on economic issues, on the issue of purchasing power.

Does the vote reflect two Frances facing each other?

It is even three, even four blocks facing each other. France which voted for Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the 1st round, France which voted for Emmanuel Macron, France which voted for Marine Le Pen and France of abstainers. For the future, Emmanuel Macron must reckon with all the French, especially since there is more relief than hope in this victory.

Relief, is it the feeling that takes precedence?

Relief, disappointment, anger – for those who are on a political project other than that of Emmanuel Macron – and very little hope. An incumbent who is re-elected cannot project hope like someone who is appearing for the first time before the French. When you are in this situation, you have to do with the other electorates, especially if you won against the National Rally. The whole difficulty is that you cannot achieve unanimity as the political projects are so different.

Emmanuel Macron has promised more listening…

It is not simply on questions of posture or listening that you will manage to loosen the grip of a reality which is that this country is deeply divided on what it wants. It is on the content of the political project that the difficulties will begin. And I believe they will start very soon. Emmanuel Macron will be faced with a choice which is to know how far he must reduce his original project and in the direction of which electorate. Rather left or rather right, which he has already digested and integrated considerably?

We must not conclude too quickly to a possible cohabitation

Is there a risk of not having a majority in the legislative elections?

We are going too quickly by saying: there is very strong opposition to Emmanuel Macron which will be reflected at the time of the legislative elections. In reality, nothing is played. Much depends on his alliances. LREM can truly win the legislative elections and everything depends in my opinion on what the left will do in its ability or not to unite in the 1st round. Forging alliances is the problem of the National Rally. And that’s why we must not conclude too quickly to a possible cohabitation.

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