The French lesson

The result of the French elections represents, more than a victory for the left, a defeat for the extreme right …in the secretariat. The sanitary cord only works because in the second round the parties conveniently abdicated their candidates. Is well. We gained oxygen to breathe a little more and time to correct the errors that are at the root of the rise in radicals.

At the moment there are three large blocks that make the French National Assembly ungovernable. France has a left/extreme left government with a schizophrenic and radical electoral program. The difficulty is evident when governance will necessarily result from agreements between the Front Populaire, equivalent to a coalition between PCP, Livre, BE, PS, PAN, with Macron’s party, the equivalent of IL.

The curious thing is that Macron, a liberal, handed over power to the far left to avoid the far right. The most serious thing is that it is clear that the extreme right lost today to win better tomorrow.

The worst part of all this is that it increasingly appears that this result is just a waiting period until the far right wins the next (presidential) elections. One of the two, either this coalition moderates, in fact gives up on its most radical proposals and in fact manages to carry out some reforms that France never had the courage to do or else it will be a disaster and open the way for the radicals far-right.

It remains to be seen who will be nominated as Prime Minister since the leader of the coalition is the most radical of all and had to be hidden so as not to harm the campaign. As Ana Gomes says, “Mélenchon is Le Pen in pants†. Now I say: he is an irresponsible radical whose actions have greatly helped Le Pen to grow.

If in a few days, the French regime goes from Presidential to Parliamentary, the truth is that co-habitation is not exactly new. The difference is that, unlike previous situations, this time it occurs between a moderate President and a radical extreme left with some moderates in between. The second difference, which cannot be underestimated, is that despite everything these two blocs (Macron and FP) have a common enemy: Le Pen. It remains to be seen whether this will be enough to “unite” them or whether the egos and ambition of each will lead them to nonsense and extend the red carpet to Le Pen.

Perhaps this is also an opportunity for the moderate center parties, which have made recent French history, to have the ability to once again gain people’s trust and represent stability and moderation in French politics.

This situation in De Gaulle’s country proves that “popularist†leadership and incompetent governments are the trigger for the growth of populism, on the right and on the left. Let us learn from their mistakes.


Francesco Giganti

Journalist, social media, blogger and pop culture obsessive in newshubpro

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