Reelected French President Macron: What's next?

Emmanuel Macron, who has been elected president of France for five more years, plans to immediately return to work on foreign and domestic policy.

Reelected French President Macron: What's next?

However, he will soon be facing crucial parliamentary elections that could prove difficult to retain his majority.

Here's a look into what Macron and his leadership of France have in store.

INAUGURATION CEREMONY

On Wednesday, the Constitutional Council will publish official results for the presidential election. Macron will also hold a Cabinet meeting.

Macron will need to then set a date for the inauguration ceremony. It must take place at the Elysee Palace by May 13. He will be presented with the National Guards' medals and give a speech.

21 cannon shots are usually fired to mark an inauguration. However, Presidents Francois Mitterrand (1998) and Jacques Chirac (2002, respectively) opted not to follow this tradition. Macron is the only modern French leader to win a second term.

MACRON'S FIRST MOVEMENTS

Macron will be heading to Berlin as he did five years ago. This is in keeping with the tradition of newly elected French presidents making their first trips abroad to Germany to honor their friendship following multiple wars. With efforts to end the conflict in Ukraine at the top of the agenda, he will meet with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

He may travel to Kyiv to meet Volodymyr Zelenskyy the Ukrainian President. Macron spoke to Zelenskyy as well as Scholz within hours after his victory.

According to Macron's office, the U.S. President Joe Biden attempted to congratulate Macron Sunday night, but he said that he had spoken to his staff, and that he was at Eiffel Tower having a great time.

Macron will give a speech in Strasbourg on May 9 about Europe.

He stated that one of his top priorities at home is to pass a law by summer to support purchasing power in the face of the surge in energy and food prices caused by the conflict in Ukraine.

PARLIAMENTARY EELECTIONS

In the next few days, Jean Castex, Prime Minister of France will submit his resignation. Macron will then appoint the new caretaker government. Ministers will be only in place for a few more weeks.

France's nationwide parliamentary elections, which were held in two rounds between June 12th and June 19th, will determine who controls the majority of the 577 seats in the National Assembly. Macron's party will win and he will be able name a new government.

If another party wins a majority of the seats, he will have to appoint a prime minster from that new majority. This situation is known as "cohabitation" in France. The government will implement policies that are not consistent with Macron's plan. However, the French president would be able to influence the country's foreign policies.


 

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