Emmanuel Macron, June 18. MOHAMMED BADRA/AFP
ANALYSIS – Emmanuel Macron is no longer the all-powerful winner of 2017 who can afford the luxury of sowing discord among his competitors; he is a hung president who needs to find allies.
Here are the “veterans” again, as Richard Ferrand qualifies himself in an interview at Figaro which marks his return to the media. While the “hundred days” that Emmanuel Macron has set for himself to widen his majority are already two-thirds past, the most listened to “old” of the Head of State go there with their suggestions or their warnings . For Nicolas Sarkozy, the president must take note that the country has turned right. So steer to the right. So appoint a right-wing prime minister. For Francois Bayrou and Richard Ferrand, he must certainly widen the scope of his support, but while preserving the founding DNA of macronism, namely the overcoming of the left-right divide. So choosing someone for Matignon within the majority of 2017.
The Sarkozy scenario is part of a logic of coalition, therefore of concessions; the Bayrou-Ferrand scenario in a logic of negotiation, therefore of compromise. The problem is that these two theoretically appealing scenarios…