June 23, 2024

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Political chess begins in France after the European elections

Political chess begins in France after the European elections

Yesterday, the nationalist National Rally party received about 32 percent of the votes in the European Parliament elections to elect French representatives, more than double the support achieved at the ballot boxes by the ruling Ennahda party, which prompted President Emmanuel Macron to dissolve the National Assembly and hold its meeting. The legislative elections are on June 30.

Macron’s action, which is supported by some and criticized by others, even within his own camp, represents a high-risk move, with many possible scenarios, from a recovery of the ruling bloc to a greater victory for the far right. The president on Monday expressed confidence in the ability of the French people to make the fairest decision for themselves and for future generations.

My only ambition is to be useful to the country I love so much, he wrote on social networks, a message that has worked for him before: to go to a republican front that stops the extreme right.

Macron easily beat National Front leader Marine Le Pen in a 2017 presidential election runoff, and five years later he repeated the dose, though he won less comfortably, thanks to rhetoric about the danger of nationalism and his anti-European vision.

The Secretary-General of the Ennahdha Party and Chancellor of the Republic, Stephane Sigourney, also presented the dissolution of the association as a gesture of confidence in the face of a panorama that he felt needed to be clarified.

The president’s call is sincere, at a time when nearly 40 percent of voters chose a far-right list, and stated in light of the fact that the 32 percent support for the National Front added to the five achieved by Operation Reclaim, a more radical far-right party.

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Happy with yesterday’s results, the leader of the National Rally party declared that they were ready to govern and asked the French to support a project “in the service of one cause: France.”

In his convincing mission, the organisation’s vice-president, Sébastien Chinot, stated that they represented hope for the recovery of a country mired in problems that he blamed on the government, such as a “budget disaster”, with a huge public debt, insecurity and loss of purchasing power.

During his appearance on BFM Television Network, he said that the current CEO cannot teach us lessons because of the terrible record he left behind.

The other proposal regarding the results of the European elections comes from the left, which denounces the bleak scene stuck between bad official policies and the agenda of the extreme right.

Under this argument, the leader of “La Francia Insomisa”, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, called for the formation of a popular front that would bring together all the leftist forces (socialists, insomissos, communists, environmentalists) to provide an alternative force that he described as “urgent” necessary. Strong and clear.”

The First Secretary of the Socialist Party, Olivier Faure, also called for the formation of a popular front against the extreme right in the legislative elections scheduled for June 30, the second round of which will be held a week later.

He warned that “the extreme right is no longer at the gates of power, it has already set foot there.”

From the ranks of the Communists, its National Secretary, Fabien Roussel, defended the Front itself, which he described as a social and environmental proposal, with unique candidates for each constituency in the upcoming elections.

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The Left had already competed alone and achieved good results in the 2022 legislative elections, in which the deputies were only outperformed by the ruling party, but the then-created New Popular, Environmental and Social Union (Nupes) was dissolved amid contradictions and disagreements among its members. .