Most French people are against politicians. Opinion

11.04.2023, Paris.

Political life in France is facing a situation where the majority of French people have turned against politicians, French political observer and journalist Michel Urvoy wrote in an article published by the French newspaper Ouest-France on April 10.

The well-known French journalist gave his political overview of the possible candidates for power. In his opinion, everything that happened in the French National Assembly, with the split, political confusion and obstruction, showed that there was no unified opinion in the society that would satisfy the majority of the French.

Suddenly, it appeared that only the protests against pension reform could unite the majority under the slogan “We are against”. Under these conditions, from the point of view of a political scientist, the country began to become ungovernable.

The majority of the population opposed the personality of French President Emmanuel Macron, as well as his policies. The episode with the pensions only confirmed this long predictable fact, exacerbated by his rule and the tensions in his political family, as the journalist stressed. However, in his opinion, the same thing could have happened, with a high probability, to the same oppositionists if they had won the next presidential election.

From the observer’s point of view, most French people also rejected the personality and ideas of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the head of La France Insoumise (LFI). To win the elections, Mélenchon needed the  New Ecological and Social People’s Union (NUPES), the alliance he created, to expand at the expense of the center-left, while strengthening its cohesion.

Most French people, according to the political scientist, were also opposed to Marine Le Pen, head of the parliamentary group Rassemblement National (RN), as well as to her nationalist ideas. He found it difficult to believe that the RN could single-handedly create the necessary majority. According to Michel Urvoy, Marine Le Pen knew perfectly well that she needed to become more attractive to most French. But, to become the state leader, she had to become center-right without losing her inherent energy.

The expert noted that the vast central political space was filled with ruins. The Republicans (LR) were torn between pursuing pragmatism and purity in politics. The Socialists (PS) have the same scattering of political colors, from bright red to pale pink. Macron’s supporters sometimes did not know which doctrine to follow. The centrists had too many parties that showed their weakness. The regionalists were helpless under circumstances that demanded determination and active actions.

However, things could have changed. A minority could become a majority. For this, agreements and renunciation of rivalry were possible to get out of the political crisis in which the country had begun to plunge. Therefore, whether elections were held in four months or four years from now, it was essential to begin now to show responsibility for the future, laying the foundation for a majority that would be “for,” as Michel Urvoy noted in his conclusion.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency