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.
European affairs minister Marielle de Sarnez and fellow MoDem member will also follow Bayrou out of government over party funding affair.
Sylvie Goulard, who is second minister to go in 24 hours, steps down over allegations her MoDem party misused European funds.
Centrist MP who walked 6,000 km says he witnessed a 'crisis in the standard of living, loss of identity and loss of sense of a common destiny'.
The pro-EU centre-right alliance, which is to be called the Alternative, hopes to capitalise on frustration with President François Hollande.