European vote puts Macron in pole for 2022...

... but his future is far from rosy

On the evening of Sunday May 26, the spokesman for President Macron said his LREM party had, in the European elections, registered “un score honorable”.

The choice of adjective was interesting; if you are France’s governing party, perhaps it is “honourable” after two years in office to get just 22.5% of the vote, with 77.5% of those who voted repudiating the government.

It is true – the democratic world over – that electorates punish incumbency in mid-term, when they can do so without actually throwing them out of office.

However, France’s political tensions have been exacerbated rather than resolved by these elections; and if what one might call the “legacy” parties of France’s political landscape are to recover between now and the presidential elections in 2022, it is clear that some serious thinking will have to be done.

It was ironic that Jean-Luc Mélenchon should have ...

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