Where is France headed with the sick Emmanuel Macron? – Politics

A tired country, a tired president: after an election year full of emotions, the national holiday is hardly celebrated on Wednesday.

How to get to know this French essence? Is he especially charming, still sad, or does he know how to enjoy life? Weekly program “You’re reinventing France” with foreign correspondents on a private French radio station RTLintroduces presenter Amandine Bégot on the occasion of the national holiday of July 14 as “blue-white-red” special edition: Chilean, German, Spanish and Swiss, all living in Paris, discuss what it means to be French.

Here is the first answer: introspection and doubt are typical of a country that likes to look in the mirror that foreigners hold in front of it. Perhaps because the image in them seems brighter than the one they have about themselves. “France is a paradise inhabited by people who think they live in hell,” writer Sylvain Tesson once said. Example: during coronavirus pandemic In keeping with President Emmanuel Macron’s motto, “No matter the cost”, the French state has been more generous than almost any other country in mitigating the effects of the crisis on both businesses and households.

Instead of being grateful for a great deal of help, Macron takes frustration

Already, thanks to state aid, inflation in France is much lower than that of its neighbors. Gas and electricity prices remain sane and the debt mountain is rising. But the government gathers not gratitude, but resentment and frustration. Therefore, a summer (political) break is very much appreciated. It begins after this national holiday, which, as always, is celebrated with the military parade on Champs-Élysées.

People are exhausted after this year’s election marathon. For interviewer Brice Teinturier, it is “a tired country with no vision of the future, withdrawing from itself and ready to explode, simple and simple.” In the first round of April’s presidential elections, more than half of the voters voted for the extreme right or left, i.e. for parties that support protest, national unilateralism and simple solutions to complex problems. In the second round, the right-wing populist Marine Le Pen received 41 percent. – more than ever before.

In France, left and right extremists are strongly represented

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For the first time since the June parliamentary elections, a large group of 89 far-right MPs have sat in the National Assembly, and the party has two vice-presidential posts during its presidency. The radical left-wing faction, also strong with 75 members, immediately demonstrated its intention to form a militant total opposition by calling a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne ahead of her government’s announcement. Neither Republicans nor right-wing extremists took part in the vote to demonstrate their seriousness and fundamental willingness to cooperate, so the proposal was unsuccessful on Monday evening.

For now, Borne is strengthened by this de facto confirmation of office, although she has avoided asking for a vote of confidence. But their position remains fragile, as does Macron, since he lost an absolute majority in parliament. Each piece of legislation will have to be negotiated, giving parliament a new weight. What elsewhere is considered normal political work through consensus-building is new in France. People here often look in awe at countries like Germany, where governments are made up of compromise coalitions.

Macron ran out of ideas for months

In Paris, this creates uncertainty: is there a risk of a five-year blockade, all under President Macron, which is so dynamic? The answer will depend on the tact that he and his government show. The first law to increase purchasing power, due to be put in parliament next week, still has a good chance of gaining a majority. At the latest, the implementation of the controversial pension reform should lead to riots in parliament and in the streets. The head of state, who had run very few campaigns, had seemed distant and devoid of ideas for months. He was tired too, he told his confidants. The triumphant attitude with which he began his first term is gone. The 44-year-old has promised a “new method”. If he really focused more on dialogue in the future, it would be a salutary change.

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