Edouard Philippe delivers a speech in Paris, March 25, 2023. ALAIN JOCARD/AFP
ANALYSIS – It is indeed a form of “right-wing union” that the former prime minister dreams of. But obviously in a radically opposite way to that of Éric Zemmour.
A right or rights? The debate is as old as the political history born of the French Revolution. The most consistent and famous typology is that established in 1954 by the historian René Rémond, distinguishing between three currents: Legitimist, Orleanist and Bonapartist. Does this trilogy still have a meaning today when Bonapartist domination via its Gaullist, Chiraquian and Sarkozyist avatars has electorally shrunk, if not disappeared?
What emergence – ephemeral or lasting? – macronism occurred largely on the intellectual soil of Orléanism? And that Lepenism has proven, forty years after its birth, that it was a major component of French political life, not reducible to any of these “clic right-wing” categories?
Because of these successive earthquakes, it is difficult to say today where “the” right is. An Édouard Philippe, a Xavier Bertrand, a Laurent Wauquiez, an Éric Zemmour and a Jordan Bardella can be…