Will he be a candidate for re-election? Obviously, the head of state evaded the question, during his interview with the online media Brut this Friday. It is not a surprise. He even took obvious pleasure in criticizing those who were already critical (Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Mélenchon, whom he did not mention).
On the other hand, he expressed the possibility of not being able to represent himself: “Maybe I will not be able to be a candidate, maybe I will have to do things in the last year, the last months, which will be hard because the circumstances will require it and which will make it impossible for me to be a candidate, I do not exclude anything “, declared the youngest president of the Fifth Republic, elected at the age of 39 years.
“We are living in quite new times”
Indeed, his predecessor François Hollande did not represent himself at the end of his five-year term, in 2017. An unprecedented choice in the history of the Fifth Republic.
According to him, declaring himself a candidate for the next presidential election could prevent him from taking possible “unpopular decisions”. “If I put myself in the situation of being a candidate, I would no longer make the right decisions”, nor “take risks to meet the demands of the moment”. “We are still living in times that are quite unprecedented,” he said.
“Young people are not an electoral target”
But make no mistake: all the topics discussed on Friday were not reserved for young people. Violence, precariousness and purchasing power, immigration, climate, etc. interest all generations.
In fact, the head of state clarified that he did not consider young people “as an electoral target”. So we will have understood: Emmanuel Macron, who is obviously thinking about his re-election, addressed the young people but also all the French. And he is in the countryside.
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