French President Macron re-elected: what happens next?

PARIS (AP) — After winning another five years in the French presidential palace, Emmanuel Macron intends to immediately get back to work on domestic and foreign policy — but he will soon face crucial legislative elections where he could have struggled to keep his majority.

Here’s a preview of what’s next for Macron and his leadership in France.

INAUGURATION CEREMONY

The Constitutional Council is due to publish the official results of the presidential election on Wednesday. On the same day, Macron will hold a council of ministers.

Macron will then have to set a date for the investiture ceremony, which must be held by May 13, at the Elysée. He will receive the honors of the national guard and will deliver a speech.


Usually 21 cannon shots are fired to mark the inauguration, although Presidents François Mitterrand and Jacques Chirac both skipped this tradition for their re-elections in 1988 and 2002. Macron is the only other leader of modern France to win a second term at the polls.

MACRON’S FIRST MOVEMENTS

Like five years ago, Macron plans to make a quick trip to Berlin, following the tradition of the newly-elected president making his first foreign trip to neighboring Germany to celebrate the countries’ friendship after multiple wars. He will meet Chancellor Olaf Scholz, with efforts to try to end the war in Ukraine high on the agenda.

At some point he could also travel to Kyiv to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a trip he said he would only take on the condition that it had “a useful impact”. Macron spoke to Zelenskyy and Scholz a few hours after his victory.

On May 9, Macron is expected to deliver a speech on Europe in Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament.

In his country, he said that one of his priorities would be to pass a special law by the summer to support purchasing power in the face of soaring food and energy prices fueled by the conflict in Ukraine.

PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS

Prime Minister Jean Castex is expected to present the resignation of his government in the coming days. Macron will then appoint a new interim government, but the ministers will only be in place for a few weeks.

National legislative elections, scheduled in two rounds on June 12 and 19, will decide who controls the majority of the 577 seats in the National Assembly. If Macron’s party wins, he will appoint a new government accordingly and can pass laws.

If another party obtains the majority of the seats, it will be forced to appoint a Prime Minister belonging to this new majority. In such a situation, called “cohabitation” in France, the government would implement policies diverging from Macron’s project. The French president would, however, have an influence on the country’s foreign policy.

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