Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French Presidential elections earlier this year seemed to suggest the population of France may have been striving to be driven in a fresh direction, with Macron’s innovative policies placing him at the forefront for this role. Yet, at the commencement of his tenure, other parties boasted superior numbers in the National Assembly, although this seemed to be a challenge relished by En Marche!, and in the recent legislative elections they attained 308 seats, surpassing the necessary 289 to win a majority. As such, the President may now have a mandate for which to enforce his renovations and, whilst the Presidential victory may have suggested the population have faith in him personally; vast victories across all of France for his colleagues may prove the support of the party itself.
With 577 constituencies across France, including 27 in overseas territories and a further 11 for citizens living abroad, there seems to be multiple opportunities for parties to win the required seats. Yet, due to the varying geographical locations, and the potential contrasting backgrounds and opinions which may have occurred as a result, it seemed challenging to appeal to all, yet his speaking prowess and universal policies seemed to be reflected by his fellow party members, enabling them to attain votes. This tactical nouse may be the main reason why he amassed the support of other world leaders, including Angela Merkel and Barack Obama, as they seem to have recognised the key traits he possesses, and their vast support networks may have enabled his policies to have a wider reach.
Whilst victory in the legislative elections may naturally draw the focus towards the party as a whole, it may be more poignant to focus on Macron himself, as his actions seem to have acted as the catalyst in propelling his party forwards. His plans to revive France’s economy through reducing corporation tax and simplifying labour laws, coupled with his support of the free market, seems to underpin his social liberal ideology, and this overarching goal to improve France seems to have resonated with the population. His willingness to work alongside other leaders seems to have also been noted, recently holding talks with Theresa May to increase unity, with the football match between England and France a prime example of aiming for this goal. He has also held meetings with President Trump and, with Trump having recently left the Paris Agreement, Macron may be the key negotiator in encouraging him to return. If successful, it may be a pivotal point in his tenure, and one, which may shape his future in Parliament.
Whilst the party themselves attained the necessary votes to become the power party, thus enabling Macron to have increased support for proposed innovations, they joined with the Democratic Movement to elevate their numbers and, in a time where the desire for stability has intensified across the globe due to both the recent wave of nationalism and the situations in cities such as Manchester, successfully negotiating an alliance with another party may set the precedent for other leaders. Yet, whilst this partnership seems to have enabled a stronger majority, the fact the party itself attained such a large array of votes may be their crowning glory as, considering they were formed in April 2016, they seem to have rapidly risen to power, showing how ideologies may pay dividends.
Both the En Marche! party and Macron himself seem to have been involved in a meteoric rise and, with the Socialists, previously lead by Francois Hollande, having the majority of their seats attained by En Marche!, it seems France may be heading in a fresh direction. In enabling him to achieve the largest majority by a head of state since 1958, France may have motivated Macron by suggesting he boasts the necessary credentials to lead the country proactively and, whilst he already seems to be an accomplished politician due to his successes thus far, achieving his manifesto may result in the extension of his tenure as leader of France, ultimately enabling him to have a prolonged time frame to achieve his overall outlook.
How may Macron ensure he utilises his majority to enforce the policies outlined in his manifesto?