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Should the left alliance (NUPES, yes, we love ugly acronyms in France) win a majority at the parliamentary elections next month, we will (re)discover that the president has much less power than many would believe.

The only reason Macron has been able to run his policies without much trouble from the National Assembly was that the LREM (and MoDem - F.Bayrou) lawmakers have been so biddable.

The last time a president didn't have a majority at the parliament was between 1997 and 2002, when the PS won a majority at a snap election called by then president Chirac, who was forced to appoint L.Jospin (PS) as Prime Minister. The PS ran the government for five years and there was little Chirac could do.

Mélenchon's goal is to repeat Jospin's feat; still a long shot, but the only one remaining for the left parties.

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon May 23rd, 2022 at 05:25:55 PM EST
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I must have forgotten to refresh, cause I didn't see that you had already answered my question below.
by fjallstrom on Tue May 24th, 2022 at 11:11:37 AM EST
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With the news cycle currently dominated by rapist ministers (see above), who knows what will happen...

#metoo is just starting to make a difference in various domains of French society. The audiovisual industry is in convulsions over it... and rightly so... but at last taking the question seriously. And in the political realm, it's all verbal principles for the moment, with the closets jammed full of skeletons waiting to come dancing out.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue May 24th, 2022 at 02:04:28 PM EST
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