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Shock in France as Emmanuel Macron dissolves parliament, calls election
 

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced he is dissolving parliament and calling snap legislative elections after the far-right trounced his centrist alliance in European Union polls.

 

https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/shock-in-france-as-emmanuel-macron-dissolves-parliament-calls-election/news-story/8da4b6b7ee7d686f47d9e5b62e5c3dca?amp

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WTF is going on in France? Is he unwell?

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1 hour ago, Sir Wearer of Hats said:

WTF is going on in France? Is he unwell?

Yeh....he's feeling a little bit sick😆

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4 hours ago, Sir Wearer of Hats said:

WTF is going on in France? Is he unwell?

His Party got beetch-slapped by the voters.

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6 hours ago, Sir Wearer of Hats said:

WTF is going on in France? Is he unwell?

I think Macron was waiting for the most opportune moment to run for re-election.  He obviously hasn't been popular for quite a while, and has been waiting for a window of national and international issues that he feels is a good climate for his policies.  Now the Far Right is in ascendency, and the Left is looking scared, Macron can sell himself as a compromise.  There is a very good chance he has misread the public sentiment however.  The question is, was there ever going to be a good time for him to call an election anyhow?

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2 hours ago, and-then said:

His Party got beetch-slapped by the voters.

And he thinks calling an election three years early will endear him to the voters?

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3 minutes ago, Sir Wearer of Hats said:

And he thinks calling an election three years early will endear him to the voters?

Not at all.  He's just having to deal with the current reality in the mood of the public.  My scarce understanding of the French system is that by bringing the elections sooner, he is enhancing his chances of keeping a significant portfolio in the new government.  If the election goes badly for him, he will still have a strong influence on the defense establishment but MUCH less in the French Domestic sphere.

This article gives some insight.

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/le-pens-party-trounces-macrons-eu-vote-exit-polls-2024-06-09/

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25 minutes ago, Alchopwn said:

I think Macron was waiting for the most opportune moment to run for re-election.

He has the presidency until 2027, I think.  According to this article, he is ineligible to run for a third term:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_France#:~:text=In 2000%2C a referendum shortened,after a 2008 constitutional reform.

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1 minute ago, and-then said:

He has the presidency until 2027, I think.  According to this article, he is ineligible to run for a third term:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_France#:~:text=In 2000%2C a referendum shortened,after a 2008 constitutional reform.

Do you suppose he's sick of the role?

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UK PM Sunak has also called elections early

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Macron is lucky that he can use the UK as an example of what happens when democracy starts to collapse:

Emmanuel Macron will use the long list of Brexit failures to curb the rise of the far right in France in his snap election, an expert has claimed.

Professor Anthony Glees, a European Affairs expert at the University of Buckingham, says Macron faces a "big risk" at the upcoming polls, but that as an experienced politician, he may still come out on top. He will likely use Britain as an example, calling out the multitude of failures of Brexit to show why France needs the European Union.

Macron 'will use Brexit failure to stop far right in France' but EU must 'get real' with immigration (msn.com)

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3 hours ago, pellinore said:

Macron is lucky that he can use the UK as an example of what happens when democracy starts to collapse:

Emmanuel Macron will use the long list of Brexit failures to curb the rise of the far right in France in his snap election, an expert has claimed.

Professor Anthony Glees, a European Affairs expert at the University of Buckingham, says Macron faces a "big risk" at the upcoming polls, but that as an experienced politician, he may still come out on top. He will likely use Britain as an example, calling out the multitude of failures of Brexit to show why France needs the European Union.

Macron 'will use Brexit failure to stop far right in France' but EU must 'get real' with immigration (msn.com)

First comment under the article pretty much sums it up :-

"BREXIT hasn't exactly been the success it should have been, and taking COVID/Ukraine out of the equation (which, let's be honest is a large chunk of the issues) the main reason for most failures was the sheer acts of sabotage by our own elected officials and others who could not accept the vote. So if France vote for FREXIT, you can be sure that Macron and the small minority who noses would be put out of joint will fight it all the way and mess it up there as much as here - that would be the failure of BREXIT (or FREXIT if it happens) not the fact that we chose to leave the EU."

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Vive la Pen. 
Hope she brings WEF elitist Macron Down.

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On 6/9/2024 at 11:53 PM, Alchopwn said:

Do you suppose he's sick of the role?

Oh, no.  He's calling it early to retain as much power and influence as he can.  He's a politician, after all. :) 

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16 hours ago, and-then said:

Oh, no.  He's calling it early to retain as much power and influence as he can.  He's a politician, after all. :) 

Well yeah, but how did he convince himself this was his best option, I wonder?  It seems stupid to me.  He just squandered years in office to run against the loony Right when their star is rising.  Sheer idiocy imo.  Give it a year or so, and everyone will see them for what they are.

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Can you imagine the outrage if Boris or Trump did this. 😉

Macron rules out resigning, ‘whatever the result’ of French election.

Macron was answering a question on whether he would be ready to resign if the National Rally wins the parliamentary election and urges him to leave. It also intersected with swirling rumors which began circulating on Tuesday that he was considering resigning, triggering a denial from the Elysée.

https://www.politico.eu/article/emmanuel-macron-rule-out-resigning-whatever-result-french-election/

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Macron has done a Sunak gaff.

Calling an election when he will loose it.

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Macron has been on the slide since the "yellow vest" protests and the "pension reforms".  He's trying to grab as many seats in parliament before it's too late.  Immigration has become an issue for all govts with large communities of Muslims in the EU, it's not only a French problem but France has the biggest percentage of them, especially from ex colonies in North Africa. The EU is mainly responsible for not waking up to the problem in time and now left wing governments all over Europe are falling like dominos because of the EU's stupidity. 

Despite this I don't believe the French want Frexit and it doesn't appear neither does Le Pen anymore.  But she'll need to find a solution for the immigration issues that aren't too drastic because in the end the French still maintain a strong belief in their national motto, "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity".  With 10% of France's population Muslim I don't envy Le Pen in her new job, she's going to have a struggle on her hands.

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