Macron faces instant challenges to power after victory

By Rek Hanibal Published on April 26, 2022
Macron faces instant challenges to power after victory

The centrist president's victory over Marine Le Pen may have been convincing, but he has a problem. There are new elections around the corner to France's National Assembly, and a significant section of the electorate dislikes him.

"There is a lot of hate," sociologist Michel. "He said last night 'I am happy, but I don't think he can be pleased because there are plenty of clouds in his sky."

Politically, if he fares poorly in the June elections, he could lose his majority and may not be able to form his government. His opponents are calling the next vote a "third round".

Why would that matter if he's just won 58.5% of the national vote?

Many of his voters are not natural supporters and are unlikely to back him in June. A large number of far-left voters held their noses to keep the far right out of power, but then there are also a number of mainstream parties that threw their weight behind him too, including the Republicans, Greens and Socialists.

One opinion poll indicated that 63% of voters would rather he lost his majority and had to share power with an opposition government, known in France as "co-habitation".

Far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon has designs on becoming prime minister himself. If that were to happen, there would be little love lost between him and the president. He claimed that Mr Macron had won the vote with the worst result in French history. Even if he was wrong, it was still a valid point that more than a third of voters had either stayed away from the election or voted for no candidate at all.


Rek Hanibal

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