French President Emmanuel Macron’s party Republic on the Move (LREM) voted to change its name to Renaissance at Saturday’s convention, while also absorbing two smaller parties – the center-right Law (Agir) and the center-left Territories of Progress (TDP).
“This is the beginning of a new stage of the transformation of our country. Today we turned a new page in our political history,” French Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne said at the party convention, adding that the party “came of age” with the name change, reports the DPA news agency.
The centrist movement, founded by Macron in 2016, is currently the largest political entity in the National Assembly, the lower house of the French parliament, but lost its absolute majority in June’s legislative elections.
As the main priorities of the newly renamed party, Borneová identified the fight against climate change, which, according to her, will require bold and radical decisions, and the achievement of full employment, which, according to her, will ensure a welfare state.
The prime minister also called for greater equality of opportunity, for the creation of a fairer and kinder society, as well as for improved access to education and health care. Borne stressed the importance of France as the “anchor of Europe”, but reminded that “there is no strong France without a strong Europe”.
The party used the name Obroda for the first time in the European Parliament elections in 2019. It was the name of the delegation of French MEPs from the LREM, the Democratic Movement (MoDem), as well as other smaller liberal and centrist parties.
Source: Pravda – Správy by spravy.pravda.sk.
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