Anger of the French MPs who turned their back on Macron


Since the Parliamentary elections held in 2017 around 30 Members of Parliament have deserted the ranks of Emmanuel Macron's ruling La République en Marche party. Some have joined other movements, a few have set up their own groups while others simply sit as independents. A year before the next presidential and Parliamentary elections, Mediapart's Ellen Salvi talked to some of these MPs about why they supported Emmanuel Macron in 2017 but are not prepared to do so in 2022.

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They were with Emmanuel Macron in 2017, standing at his side on the light-blue campaign posters for that year's Parliamentary elections. The majority of them were entering the National Assembly for the first time. Some had already held positions within the Socialist Party (PS) or had been an elected representative of that party, while others had become involved in politics for the first time. All had chosen to join Emmanuel Macron's La République en Marche (LREM) party, convinced by the promises made by the presidential candidate who was elected head of state that year. And all became disenchanted.