“Emmanuel Macron is putting his presidential and European stature to the test against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine” | EUROtoday

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LThe story is tragic. It is on this dimension and beneath this register that Emmanuel Macron has chosen to strategy the marketing campaign for the European elections – they are going to be held in June – his final as President of the Republic.

As within the months previous his re-election, in 2022, the conflict in Ukraine is just not solely the backdrop to the electoral contest. It is the bottom on which he leads the offensive or slightly the parade because the National Rally (RN), which attracts on all French dissatisfactions, is excessive within the polls and appears troublesome to catch up: ten factors distinction separates the checklist led by Jordan Bardella from that led by Valérie Hayer, president of the Renew Europe group within the European Parliament, within the IFOP study-The Sunday Journal printed on March 3.

The alternative to put in in Matignon, at the start of January, a major minister who’s each younger, common and combative, the choice, just a few days later, to nominate an in depth buddy to the Quai d'Orsay, Stéphane Séjourné, able to relaying, explaining and, if mandatory, qualifying the Élysée's phrases had been the beginnings of this dangerous operation which consists, for Emmanuel Macron, of placing his presidential and European stature to the check in an try and comprise the wave of Marine Le Pen's celebration.

The phrases he uttered on February 26, after a convention in help of Ukraine, quantity to a transgression. By not excluding, in response to a journalist's query, the likelihood that Western troops may at some point be despatched to this nation attacked by Russia, the President of the Republic was in a position to measure the hole that separates him from public opinion: 68% of French individuals felt that it was unsuitable to show this place, based on an Odoxa-Backbone Consulting survey for Le Figaro. Not that help for Ukraine is contested: for 2 years, it has been within the majority in France and stays comparatively fixed, regardless of a slight decline in latest weeks. Quite merely, Russia is horrifying and escalation is feared.

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The second impact of this declaration is to have clarified the political panorama in a radical approach. Two camps clearly emerged, whereas, for the reason that begin of the battle, all events tended to coalesce into kind of honest help for Volodymyr Zelensky. The most unfavorable and virulent reactions got here from La France insoumise and the RN, whose widespread factors are anti-Americanism, the problem to European building, and who share the concept solely a convention for peace will enable France and the European Union (EU) to get out of the battle. Jean-Luc Mélenchon castigated “an uncontrolled slide” from the top of state. Marine Le Pen accused Emmanuel Macron of “posing an existential risk to 70 million French people”.

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