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Macron’s party faced with ‘a genuine Berezina’

The biggest news in France is the collapse of President Macron’s party at local level, failing to conquer or keep a single large city during the municipal elections. One newspaper deemed this “a genuine Berezina” for the president.

Published: July 5, 2020, 9:28 am

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    Women now lead exactly half of France’s 10 largest cities, French daily Le Monde also reported. This points to the feminization of elite institutions in general.

    And barely appointed after a cabinet shuffle, the new French Prime Minister Jean Castex is already controversial – at least according to feminists.

    In 2017, in the middle of the presidential campaign, Emmanuel Macron had expressed his wish to see, one day, a woman in Matignon. But on Friday, July 3, the French president however preferred to appoint a man to succeed Edouard Philippe.

    His choice immediately caused a wave of dissatisfaction from many feminists. “What a joke this president is,” the feminist activist Caroline de Haas complained. “A woman was not available,” said feminist Aude Rossigneux.

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    • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

      Indeed, the recent election is not just a referendum on Macron, but also on his La Republique en Marche party, which certainly took a beating at the hands of an angry and resentful electorate. The French public has clearly lost faith in Macron, and his party. So, where to now? It is now questionable that Macron will even run in April 2022, and that the powers that be who leveraged his election in 2017 may field someone else to head LaRem’s ticket. The latter, and not only Macron, has been rejected by French voters. The party’s only hope may be a relaunch under new leadership, and a new presidential candidate. It may be too early for LaRem to do that until 2021, however. In the meantime, Le Pen’s National Rally is likely to make further gains among a disillusioned and angry French public.

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