The road ahead for Emmanuel Macron

Jun 17, 2017, 11:21
The road ahead for Emmanuel Macron

The tough task of changing the economic fortunes of his country will begin as soon as the euphoria of winning the legislative elections abates. The victor, by far, was abstention.

Lang said that French president Emmanuel Macron's visit to Morocco was "an opportunity to celebrate the friendship between Morocco and France". The second round of the vote will take place on Sunday.

Local people who stayed at home last weekend spoke of their disillusionment with politics in a country where job creation has been slow and frustration with an election where the result already appears a done deal. She feels as if living "something very strong, probably historic, and we're going to take part in it". Amelie Leroy, a 25-year-old maternity ward worker, told Reuters on a quiet street of yellow and red brick houses.

According to the he Harris interactive-Indeed poll published Thursday, Macron's party, formed only past year, and its centrist ally MoDem will win between 440 and 470 seats in the 577-member parliament during the second-round of voting.

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Macron has demonstrated leadership qualities within weeks of his investiture - be it his display of overt enthusiasm to reinvigorate the European Union project in close collaboration with Berlin, his bold statement to "make the planet great again", a repartee to President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement or his blunt criticism of Russian media for peddling lies and propaganda against him, have collectively helped him project an image of confidence to the citizens of his country.

The French President commended Morocco's "increasing role" and "active diplomacy in Africa", noting that Morocco and France are both concerned with maintaining stability in the Sahel and addressing development challenges on the continent.

Thursday's polls show even fewer will turn out in round two.

The victory of LRM, a political movement that was founded only a year ago and is still not officially organised as a party, will follow Macron's own victory with 66.1 percent against Le Pen in his first ever political campaign. The country faces a sovereign debt crisis, strict labor laws, and high unemployment, factors that have caused many entrepreneurs to move their offices overseas.

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A survey by Elabe pollsters showed not all of those who abstained last Sunday did so in protest - 47 percent welcomed the outcome. Admittedly, the turnout was low. Following a presidential campaign filled with political scandals and corruption allegations, François Bayrou - the justice minister and leader of the centrist Modern party - presented a bill to clean up French politics.

His ambitions to position himself as a major global player have also become evident: whether it was in his offer to host American climate change researchers in France, or his closely-observed white-knuckled handshake with US President Donald Trump, which he described as a "moment on truth".

Lamour, who usually votes, is boycotting what he calls a "moronic" parliamentary election this time because he feels a LREM victory is a foregone conclusion. "This catastrophic abstention rate should raise the question of the voting rules which keep millions of our compatriots away from the polling stations", she said on Monday. However, she is also anxious by allegations of impropriety concerning two ministers in his government.

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