Sounds as if we should worry about Article 16 of the French Constitution
A question regularly posed: what happens if Macron wins, but fails to get a majority in June’s Parliamentary Elections. What can a President do on his (OR HER) own?
There’s a useful preliminary guide to the situation, on the BBC’s World at One, by Emiliano Grossman (Science Po University, Paris): it’s at 26:05, with a background piece about Macron just before it at 21:05 that’s rather good as well.
You’ll see why that Article 16 is really rather scary.
For those who want to go back over some of it, here in full technicolour (and in French) are the NINETEEN untruths Le Pen told last night – didn’t do Trump any harm.
Someone needs to start thinking about this soon
Still an issue.
The Mairie de Paris has refused the Macronistas request for the Champ de Mars (behind the Eiffel Tower) because the IOC will be visiting the Champ de Mars the following week in the context of the Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics … and that might just be a few too many feet on the grass but a week earlier.
Place de la Concorde is a no-no (too right wing) as is the Place de la Bastille (too left wing). The Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad is also thought to be inappropriate. Somewhere, surely, there’s a [Goldilocks] Place for us, which is neither too right nor too left but just … in the middle?
Both tracker polls out today (OpinionWay and IfopFiducial) – with, remember, only a third of the punters being polled today – show Macron rising 1 point to 61% with Le Pen at 39%. Could this be the start of the Debate Effect?
Will some Mélenchon voters react to this by pulling back from voting for Macron for ‘fear’ of giving him too large a majority? Or is it a given, after last night’s frightening performance, that all right-thinking-people now accept that Le Pen should be given the smallest possible percentage vote?
One poll (which I ignored) – referred to by Christine Ockrent in the World at One interview above – forecast that En Marche would get very close to an overall majority, with a small handful seats for both the Front National and Mélenchon’s Insoumises. Seemed too bizarre for words and seriously lacking in credibility.
Tomorrow will probably give us a raft of the very final polls before Election Day and the formal end to the Election Campaign.