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The collapse of Macronism, a “horror story” for Franco-British relations?



The result French legislative elections takes on the appearance “horror story” for the leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer. In the entourage of the probable future Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, continues The Daily Telegraph, “a name is whispered from the tip of the lips, in a worried frown” : that of Emmanuel Macron, a pro-European centrist acclaimed in 2017 and who fell from grace seven years later. “What does this have to do with Keir Starmer? A lot of things,” judges the conservative daily, which sees in the Europhile centre-left leader a British copy of the tenant of the Élysée, “The Sun King became Mr. Bean”.

“Keir Starmer is set to win a huge majority, but he will do so without convincing the electorate that his party has the answers to their problems.”

A bit like Emmanuel Macron, in short, whose clear victory in 2017 “could have led him to think that people wanted him and not the other option (the RN)”. But “Today he finds himself surrounded by the oppositionhaving failed to meet the multiple challenges” power. “It’s a warning” for Labour, as populist leader Nigel Farage returns to the forefront, says political journalist Kamal Ahmed.

“The kind of scary story parents tell their children before they go to bed.”

Reach out to the RN?

But the disintegration of Macronism poses a more immediate problem for Labour, given the winner by all the polling institutes before the vote this Thursday, July 4In its program, the party intends to “rebuild and deepen (our) relations with (our) friends, European allied neighbours”, while confirming his intention not to go back on Brexit. The outgoing London MP David Lammy, tipped for the post of head of diplomacy, “aims in particular to strengthen ties with France in terms of security as a gateway to a rapprochement with Brussels”, decrypts the weekly The Spectator.

Or Emmanuel Macron “is seen as a key element of this strategy”. In case of arrival of a representative “eurosceptic” from the National Rally to Matignon, “ambition would no longer be credible and Labour would have to review its approach to the EU,” the conservative magazine believes. A scenario that is too alarmist, contest the New Statesman, support from the Labour Party. “Marine Le Pen has expressed support for a security pact in the past, and the fact that she has moderated her party’s positions makes cooperation easier,” wants to believe the left-wing magazine. “Expect, in the event of victory, that the Labour Party will reach out to the National Rally fairly quickly.”

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