Macron facing the scenario of a return to the urns


No French president or prime minister over the past 50 years has survived a political crisis like that in which Emmanuel Macron has become engulfed with the ‘gilets jaunes’ – Yellow Vest – movement, which is calling for improved living conditions for low- and middle-income earners, and increased participation of citizens in political decision making. In this analysis of the crisis, François Bonnet argues why Macron, in order to save his five-year term in office, appears to have little other choice than to return to the urns.

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Since French President Emmanuel Macron’s televised address to the nation on December 10th, when he announced measures intended to appease the snowballing revolt of the so-called ‘Yellow Vest’ nationwide protests, he and his prime minister Édouard Philippe have been caught deeper and deeper into a quagmire of agitation.