Keyword: Edouard Philippe

Senate elections show limits to Macron's political land grab

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The chamber of the French Senate. © Reuters The chamber of the French Senate. © Reuters

The events of last weekend have been revealing about the state of French politics and the balance of political power. The elections for the Senate, in which the Right consolidated its position in France's upper chamber, showed the limits and weakness of President Emmanuel Macron's government. At the same time the relatively modest turnout for a protest march in Paris organised by the radical left La France Insoumise highlighted the lack of major political opposition. But as Hubert Huertas says, this does not mean that opposition to the government's measures has melted away.

France unveils multibillion euro investment plan

Plans unveiled by prime minister Édouard Philippe entail spending billions on education, digitization and the environment.

Macron government launches overhaul of France's labour laws

New government vows to 'free up the energy of the workforce' with reforms aiming to make it easier for French bosses to hire and fire.

President Macron's trio of thorny problems as new political year begins

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Facing problems: President Emmanuel Macron. Facing problems: President Emmanuel Macron.

The first series of the Macron show has come to an end. Now, as the political world returns after the summer break, the show threatens to become more of a (grim) reality TV series. President Macron is confronted by three main issues: his economic policy is right-wing, many of his key measures are unpopular and he lacks heavyweight communicators in his party's ranks. As a result the new head of state seems set to change his communication strategy and get more involved in the fray. Mediapart's editor François Bonnet reports.

How Macron's solemn Versailles address was little more than a campaign speech

President Emmanuel Macron addressing the special Congress at Versailles, July 3rd, 2017. © Capture d'écran France 2 President Emmanuel Macron addressing the special Congress at Versailles, July 3rd, 2017. © Capture d'écran France 2

In a high-profile and highly-unusual speech before both chambers of the French Parliament in the sumptuous surroundings of Versailles on Monday July 3rd, President Emmanuel Macron claimed to be setting the “course” for his presidency. But, says Ellen Salvi, it turned out to be an hour-and-a-half of messages that had already been delivered during his election campaign and he announced little more than a promise of some institutional reforms.

French PM says time to end 'addiction' to public spending

Édouard Philippe said for every 100 euros Germany raised in taxes it spent 98 euros, while France spent 125 euros for every 117 euros raised.

French PM warns of more cuts to contain 'spiralling' deficit

New government faces test to find extra savings deemed necessary by audit office, after the last administration overspent in its final months.

Macron seeks to balance Left and Right with new government

The official photo of the new French governemnt, June 2017. © Elysée The official photo of the new French governemnt, June 2017. © Elysée

Following the recent Parliamentary elections President Emmanuel Macron has formed a new government under the same prime minister Édouard Philippe. However, what was supposed to be a minor technical change to the government has become rather larger in scale after the departure of four ministers in response to potential scandals. The result is a government that gives us a glimpse of how the new centrist president intends to balance his administration between the Left and the Right of the political spectrum. Stéphane Alliès, Christophe Gueugneau, Mathieu Magnaudeix and Mathilde Mathieu report.



French PM overrules farm minister on pesticide ban

Édouard Philippe reconfirmed ban on neonicotinoids hours after agriculture minister Stèphane Travert had said he wanted to soften it.

New French PM says public deficit target likely to be missed

France's Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said it was 'extremely' possible that the country will miss its target of bringing its public deficit down to 2.8 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) this year, which is below the 3.0 percent threshold required by eurozone rules.

Wanted: diverse National Assembly to counter domination of the presidency

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Elections take place this month for France's National Assembly. © Reuters Elections take place this month for France's National Assembly. © Reuters

Through the havoc it wreaked on the established political system, the recent French presidential election showed the hunger that exists for democratic renewal. But if the Parliamentary elections later this month give Emmanuel Macron's government an absolute majority it would be a retrograde step to presidential supremacy and a compliant Parliament, argues Mediapart’s publishing editor and co-founder Edwy Plenel. That is why, he says, we need a pluralist National Assembly encompassing a diverse, democratic, social and environmental opposition.

Macron's clean image tested as two ministers come under fire

Prime minister Édouard Philippe said despite the 'exasperation of the French' minister Richard Ferrand would remain in the government.



French government urges vigilence after Manchester attack

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who described the Manchester Arena suicide bombingwhich killed 22 people as an 'abominable crime', advised the French public 'to observe the utmost vigilance, confronted as we are with a threat which is more present than ever before'.

French PM's novels scrutinised for clues on views of women and politics

France's new prime minister Edouard Philippe, appointed last week by centrist president Emmanuel Macron, previously co-authored two novels of political satire, including one where the narrator explains that 'negotiating with a centrist is like trying to catch an eel in a bowl of olive oil', and how he enjoys fullsome women's breasts which allow 'to put one’s nose into the middle with jubilation'.  

New French government unveiled

Among the notable moves was the naming of Nicolas Hulot, a former TV programme maker turned figurehead for the ecologist movement, at the  environment ministry, outgoing socialist defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who supported President Emmanuel Macron's election campaign, as foreign affairs minister, conservative Bruno Le Maire as economy minister, centre-right MEP Sylvie Goulard as defence minister and centre-right leader François Bayrou, a key ally in Macron's presidential bid, as justice minister.