Legislative 2022: Macron defends a “big center UMP”

How far to widen its majority? The day after his victory over Marine Le Pen, Emmanuel Macron inherits a paradoxical situation. On the one hand, he no longer benefits from the “clearing” wind which had carried his candidacy in 2017 and had enabled him to win 350 constituencies. From now on, he has a balance sheet, a liability, and resentments have accumulated… On the other hand, the traditional oppositions are moribund. The two main members of the National Assembly, Les Républicains (101 deputies) and the Socialist Party (28 deputies), won less than 7% of the vote in the first round of the presidential election. Faced with the radical left of Jean-Luc Mélenchon and the far right, the head of state can hope to bring together the “two out of three French people” dear to Valéry Giscard d’Estaing. And thus extend its influence from the moderate right to social democracy, in a space ranging from Nicolas Sarkozy to Pascal Canfin, via Marisol Touraine or Eric Woerth.

In order to consolidate this enlargement and to definitively reduce any moderate opposition, the Head of State wishes to create a super majority group, a “great UMP of the center”, bringing together all sensibilities and entirely devoted to the presidential cause, on the model of the political formation combining Gaullists and centrists wanted by Jacques Chirac the day after April 21, 2002. But the task looks complicated. First, because since 2017 the majority has become balkanized: the macronist “common house”, officially labeled Ensemble Citoyens!, has no less than seven political families: LREM, the MoDem, Agir (center right), Territories of Progress (center left), In Common! (ecologists), the Radical Party of Laurent Hénart and Horizons, the brand new formation of Edouard Philippe (see infographic). With so many different agendas and ambitions. And it will also be necessary to find space to accommodate defectors from the Republicans. Already, the executives of the majority are relaying a list of 30 names of potential newcomers, including the deputies Damien Abad, Brigitte Kuster, Guillaume Larrivé, Robin Reda…

Live negotiations

Above all, this unitary initiative is opposed to the fierce resistance of several heavyweights of the future majority. And not least. The boss of the MoDem François Bayrou, Edouard Philippe (Horizons), Jean-Yves Le Drian (Territories of Progress)… all have made it known that they would oppose the constitution of a single macronist party. They fear losing their independence or even being marginalized. And cling to the idea of ​​forming their own parliamentary group. Will Emmanuel Macron go to arm wrestling? A sign of the procrastination at work in the majority, the first announcements for the constitution of a new political family, scheduled for the evening of the first round, were delayed so as not to disrupt the campaign between the two rounds. “When everything was ready”, slips with a touch of bitterness a close friend of the President of the Republic.

Source: Challenges en temps réel : accueil by www.challenges.fr.

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