Sunday, 14 May 2017

Emmanuel Macron's battle really begins now he's in the Elysee

President Macron is the youngest French leader since Napoleon Bonaparte, he has never been elected to any position before and he has no formal political party behind him.
This is an extraordinary moment for France on many levels.

Is he the young pretender? The accidental President? The saviour of the Republic? The EU's antidote to nationalism and populism?

The judgement starts now.

As he took office, he defined 'Macronism' in a 15-minute speech.

He praised the French people for choosing hope and the "spirit of conquest".

French President Emmanuel Macron walks to the Arc du Triomphe monument

"The world and Europe needs France more than ever," he said. "A France that is strong and sure of its destiny."

Aware that he inherits a divided nation, he sought to address "the French who feel like they have been forgotten - they will feel more protected".

"I know the French people are expecting a lot from me," he said, acutely aware that some see him as the accidental president, propelled to office thanks to the corruption scandal which brought down the one-time favourite conservative candidate Francois Fillon and voted in, in part, by those whose motivation was to stop far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

Among Mr Macron's first tasks will be to form his leadership team - consisting of his prime minister and the other ministers of state.

He'll announce his new PM on Monday morning before heading to Berlin (perhaps with the new appointee?) for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The rest of the cabinet will be announced on Tuesday once he has returned from Berlin.

He faces a tricky task in making his choice for PM. Someone with experience of high office would seem to be vital.

But that would probably mean choosing a character from one of the two establishment parties he's been so keen to distance himself from.

It's hard to claim you stand for political renewal by appointing a Socialist or Republican insider as your PM.

Former Socialist prime minister Manuel Valls is clearly keen to serve in some capacity under Mr Macron. Last week he declared that socialism was dead and said he would be supporting Macron in the legislative elections in June.

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