France Elections

Ron in Regina

"Voice of the West" Party
Apr 9, 2008
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Regina, Saskatchewan
Nobody expected this. High drama, for sure, but this was a shock.

When the graphics flashed up on all the big French channels, it was not the far right of Marine Le Pen and her young prime minister-in-waiting Jordan Bardella who were on course for victory.

It was the left who had clinched it, and Emmanuel Macron's centrists - the Ensemble alliance - had staged an unexpected comeback, pushing the far-right National Rally (RN) into third.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the veteran left-wing firebrand seen by his critics as an extremist (but not a far left extremist), wasted no time in proclaiming victory.

"The president must call on the New Popular Front to govern," he told supporters in Stalingrad square, insisting Mr Macron had to recognise that he and his coalition had lost.

(His alliance, drawn up in a hurry for President Macron's surprise election, includes his own radical France Unbowed, along with Greens, Socialists and Communists and even Trotskyists…but nothing “far” off from the something or another like those dirty “far-right” non-Parisians)
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The National Rally Party is over on the “far” right above next to the ‘Others’.

Marine Le Pen put a brave face on it. "Two years ago we had just seven MPs. Tonight RN is the first party in France in terms of MP numbers."

In the last parliament they had 88 MPs and now more than 140, so she was right. And no other party has more than 100 MPs, because the Macronists and the Popular Front are both coalitions. Oh well, as long as they all play well together.
 

Tecumsehsbones

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Looks like if the red dots coalit (is that a word?) with either the yellow dots or the dark-blue dots, they'll rule the roost.

The purple dots are, as we say in the good ol' USA. . . "fucked."
 
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Ron in Regina

"Voice of the West" Party
Apr 9, 2008
24,248
8,665
113
Regina, Saskatchewan
But not “far” anything so it’s cool.
The NFP is a coalition of LFI, the Socialist party, the greens and the Communists. Economically, they are left of left. Their proposals include a 35-hour work week, moving to 32 hours following collective bargaining, and the retirement age moved back down to 60. They also want a 90 per cent top marginal tax rate, sharp increases in the inheritance tax and a luxury sales tax.

On energy security, they are not concerned by current realities. They will move to 100 per cent renewable energy, phase out nuclear power and nationalize France’s largest energy providers, EDF and Engie. Watch for rolling blackouts if any of these ideas are implemented.

LFI and Mélanchon are Eurosceptic and consider the European Union a neoliberal enterprise that harms local industry and the environment. They are also anti-NATO, staunchly pro-Palestine and have never managed to condemn the October 7 massacre without also blaming Israel.

But at least they aren’t “far” right so phew!! (In other words, the party that Macron will need make a deal with is essentially a cross between Steven Guilbeault, Niki Ashton and Fred Hahn. Bonne chance with that one).

Mélanchon (NFP) has already demanded he and his team be allowed to govern and that Macron appoint a prime minister from the NFP. For now, he won’t get his wish, as Macron has refused current Prime Minister Gabriel Attal’s resignation. By doing so, Macron is ensuring someone else from his party is implicated when the parliament collapses or becomes ungovernable.

Relations between Macron and his prime minister are said to be atrocious at the moment, with Attal believing himself to be one of the first victims of Macron’s dissolution.

Macron gambled to stop the RN. His payout is likely forced collaboration with a hard-(but not “far“)-left group intent on strangling France’s economy, parliamentary gridlock and now, with Attal furious, a Renaissance party civil war. If this sounds like a bad gamble, it’s because it was.