Evaluation: Macron’s centrist plan for French politics has resulted in a land-grab by fringe events

Analysis: Macron's centrist plan for French politics has resulted in a land-grab by fringe parties


While his centrist alliance, Ensemble!, took the largest share in Sunday’s second round of elections — winning 245 out of 577 seats — it was short of the 289 required for an absolute majority.

Macron’s coalition will now attempt to build alliances in parliament so that it can pass legislation.

Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne said on Sunday night: “As of tomorrow, we will work on building an action-oriented majority. There is no alternative to that coalition to guarantee our country’s stability and enact the necessary reforms.”

Those reforms include raising the retirement age and having a more pro-business agenda, both of which have been met with opposition from across the political spectrum, including protests during Macron’s first term. He also wants to push for greater integration within the European Union and has pitched himself as the bloc’s de facto leader since former German Chancellor Angela Merkel left office last year.

Philippe Marlière, Professor in French and…