Emmanuel Macron intends to get back to work on domestic and foreign policies after winning another five-year term in France’s Rashtrapati Bhavan. However, he will soon face crucial parliamentary elections, where he may struggle to maintain his majority.
The current French President Emmanuel Macron has been re-elected as the President of France. He defeated Marine Le Pen, the right-wing candidate of the National Rally Party. In the last round of voting, Macron got 58.2 percent and Le Pen got 41.8 percent of the vote. France has not had a leader re-elected president since 2002. But Macron has broken the chain. However, this time Macron’s victory margin is very less. In 2017, Macron got 66.1 percent of the vote while Le Pen got 33.9 percent of the vote. Emmanuel Macron intends to get back to work on domestic and foreign policies after winning another five-year term in France’s Rashtrapati Bhavan. However, he will soon face crucial parliamentary elections, where he may struggle to maintain his majority. In such a situation, today we will tell you about the way forward for President Macron and his leadership.
Will take over at Elysee Palace on May 13
France’s Constitutional Council will publish the official results of the presidential election (in which Macron defeated his far-right challenger Marine Le Pen) on Wednesday (April 27). Macron will hold a meeting of his cabinet on the same day. The President will then set a date for the opening ceremony, which should take place at the Elysee Palace, the official residence of the head of the French government, by May 13. He will receive National Guard honors and deliver a speech. Usually, a 21-gun salute is given during the inauguration. But both Presidents François Mitterrand and Jacques Chirac broke that tradition after being re-elected in 1988 and 2002, respectively. Macron is the only other leader of modern France to have won a second presidential term.
President will first visit Germany
Macron’s first tour after winning again will be Germany. where he will meet with Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and efforts to end the war in Ukraine will be at the top of the agenda of the two leaders. At the same time, he can also meet his friend and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi can visit Europe from May 2 to May 6. During this, he will attend bilateral meetings with re-elected French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Macron is also expected to visit Kyiv at some point to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Macron spoke to both Zelensky and Scholz within hours of their victory. But he has said he will visit Kyiv only on the condition that it will have a “useful effect”. Macron is expected to deliver a speech to the EU parliament on 9 May.
The parliamentary election is important
The first challenge before Macron is to get his party La République en Marsh back a majority in the parliamentary elections to be held in June. This time the goal is not considered easy. In France, the Prime Minister is elected on the basis of a parliamentary majority. According to the French Constitution, there is a clear division of authority and functions between the government headed by the President and the Prime Minister. In such a situation, if Macron’s desired government is not formed, then it will be very difficult for him to rule. Nationwide parliamentary elections, to be held in two rounds on June 12 and 19, will decide who controls the majority of the 577 seats in the National Assembly. There is a general estimation that in the parliamentary elections also, Macron’s party will face the main competition from the parties of Le Pen and Melenshon.