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Recalibration

Share the post "Recalibration" France finally has its remaniement. Tonight President Macron came not to explain what he had done but to insist that it was meaningless and of no importance: the direction had not changed, and his will to reform had if anything only gained in intensity. It was a peculiar performance. He seemed unable to decide whether to read from the teleprompter or glance at the notes placed on the desk in front of him, with corrections to the text in...

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The Contradictions of Macronism

Share the post "The Contradictions of Macronism" President of the rich? The label has now stuck fast to the once-Teflon Macron, but does it reflect reality? Le Monde today published figures from the Institut de Politiques Publiques showing the cumulative effect of the bewildering array of tax reforms enacted under Macron on the various levels of the income distribution. And it turns out that while the reforms do boost the disposable income of the top 1% by nearly 6%,...

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Once More into the Breach

Share the post "Once More into the Breach" I got it wrong yesterday. I assumed that Macron’s refusal of Collomb’s resignation was meant to humiliate Collomb. It was, but I failed to reckon with Collomb’s orneriness. He resubmitted his resignation and did it in plain public view, in the pages of Le Figaro. It was a rerun of the Hulot spectacular public resignation, and the humiliated party turned out to be Macron. He may not recover from this blow to his aura. Il n’ y a...

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Je suis votre chef!

Share the post "Je suis votre chef!" Emmanuel Macron claims that he has heard the complaints about his arrogance and is prepared to change his style in order to govern more effectively. No change is discernible, however, in his refusal to accept Gérard Collomb’s resignation as Minister of the Interior. This latest internal kerfuffle is reminiscent of the dismissal of General de Villiers in the first months of Macron’s presidency. The general had had the temerity to...

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The Long March Stops Short

Share the post "The Long March Stops Short" Two years is an eternity in politics. Two years ago, Macron’s En Marche! was not a party but a movement, full of youthful vigor and enthusiasm, in the image of its founder master. Lately, however, dispatches from the field paint a very different picture. Some marcheurs have simply fallen by the wayside and quit; others are disillusioned; still others complain of top-down control and no outreach. It was predictable, many will...

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Vendangeurs ou Socialistes

Share the post "Vendangeurs ou Socialistes" Maneuvering has begun in advance of the 2019 European elections. Alain Juppé summoned his troops to the Vendanges de Bordeaux, a private meeting intended to consider possible electoral strategies for the orphaned center-right. Meanwhile, la Nouvelle Gauche, which contains what remained of the Socialist contingent in the National Assembly, rebaptized itself once again “Socialist” in the hope that all may after all not be lost....

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La rentrée politique

Share the post "La rentrée politique" Emmanuel Macron’s second rentrée resembles the first. The president is trying to get the ship of state back on an even keel after a rough summer in heavy seas. The Benalla Affair has finally begun to recede from the headlines, but the damage to Macron’s image has been even more severe than the damage done last year by the Ferrand affair and the resignation of Bayrou and other MoDem allies in the first summer of discontent. The Hulot...

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Hulot Resigns

Share the post "Hulot Resigns" Nicolas Hulot resigned this morning. The announcement came suddenly, without warning to either the prime minister or the president. “I don’t want to go on lying to myself,” the former minister of the environment announced during a radio interview. This marked the end of a very unhappy tenure for Hulot, during which he could claim only one victory, the end of the plan to build an airport at Notre-Dame des Landes. On other major issues–such...

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La Droite “Humaniste”

Share the post "La Droite “Humaniste”" What better time to launch a few trial balloons than the August doldrums. A Le Monde interview with former prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin is rich in instruction as to thinking of this stalwart of what Raffarin himself likes to call la droite humaniste. One finds M. Raffarin in a generous mood. He has kind words for everyone, including President Macron, whom he credits with “forcefulness” and “skill,” a tenure “nearly without...

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