Will Macron win again

France's new government : Macron wants to win presidential election right of center

Emmanuel Macron loves to divide his five-year term as president in public into phases, which should give the French the impression of the constant changeability of their political leader. After the nationwide uprising of the “yellow vests” ended last year, Macron announced a “second act” with more social politics - as if the presidency were a play.

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Almost two years before the decisive presidential election in which Macron would like to be re-elected, he recently aroused the French curiosity with the announcement that he wanted to “reinvent himself”. With the appointment of the new Prime Minister Jean Castex and a cabinet that has been renewed in many positions, it is clear where Macron's political journey should lead. The head of state wants to make sure that he wins the 2022 presidential election right of the center of the political spectrum.

The new Minister Bachelot comes from the era of Nicolas Sarkozy

After the local elections, which became the triumphant march for the Greens in the cities, there was still speculation about a stronger ecological orientation in the generally expected cabinet reshuffle. On the other hand, the appointment of the former health minister Roselyne Bachelot, who is still one of the best-known faces among the newcomers, shows that Macron primarily wants to consolidate its support in the middle-class camp.

Like the senior civil servant Castex, who was promoted to prime minister, Bachelot dates back to the era of former Conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy. In addition, Macron wants to stick to a project whose supporters are to be found more to the right of center: the controversial reform of the pension system, which led to weeks of strikes at the turn of the year.

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Macron has not grown tired of largely turning France's system upside down. At the same time, the host in the Elysée Palace also knows that the chances of re-election depend less on his reputation as a reformer than on his ability to protect as many French as possible from the impending unemployment during the Corona crisis. In France, an economic slump of more than eleven percent is expected this year. The looming crisis is likely to become the ultimate challenge for Macron after the “yellow vests” and the dispute over pension reform.

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