Macron forming cabinet

Dhaka,  Mon,  24 July 2017
Published : 18 May 2017, 15:01:52
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Macron forming cabinet

Mr Macron’s first cabinet may be shortlived in France. If the president fails to secure an absolute majority in the lower house next month, he may be forced to form a new government reflecting the political forces at play, according to a global media report Thursday.

Socialist defections have mounted after the party’s drubbing in the presidential election. But conservatives, while also bruised by the ill-fated campaign of their nominee, François Fillon, believe they can still win a significant share of seats in the national assembly. They hope to tap into centre-right voters’ frustrations as well as their established network of local officials and the inexperience of Mr Macron’s party.

While there aren’t that many high-profile rightwing defections, Le Maire’s appointment is a strong message to centre-right voters ahead of legislative elections, in essence telling them.

His nomination is likely to reassure Germany even further over France’s willingness to implement structural reforms, seen in Berlin as a precondition for rebooting the Franco-German relationship and the EU.

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