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The international press castigates Macron after the electoral success of the far right in France

Photo: Yara Nardi Agence France-Presse French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron stand in the voting booth before voting in the first round of the legislative elections at a polling station in Le Touquet, northern France, June 30, 2024.

France Media Agency in Paris

Published yesterday at 8:44 a.m. Updated yesterday at 9:11 a.m.

  • Europe

The day after the success of the far right in the first round of the legislative elections in France, the European press on Monday pointed out the scathing “failure” of French President Emmanuel Macron, deemed responsible.

The German media are particularly on the attack, three weeks after the political earthquake caused by Emmanuel Macron with his decision to dissolve the National Assembly on the evening of the European elections.

On Sunday, the National Rally (RN, far right) and its allies came out on top and obtained their best score in the first round of voting, with 33.14% of the vote and 10.6 million votes.

The Süddeutsche Zeitung (left-wing liberal newspaper) denounces Macron's “poker move” which “opened the door wide to the far right”.< /p>

“If the Lepénistes come to power, it will also be their failure, their fault,” analyzes the newspaper, because “its optimism and self-glorification come into such conflict with the pessimism of the French that many just want to see him go.”

For Die Welt (conservative-liberal), “this election buries macronism” and a president who “made the wrong calculation” with his “me or chaos” strategy.

The Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung (also conservative-liberal) castigates the French president's “reckless reaction to the European elections”. “The country is moving towards coexistence, perhaps towards a blockage of its political system. France could be absent from the EU and NATO for years. This would please Moscow”, asserts the daily.

In the United Kingdom, the French legislative elections are on the front page of most daily newspapers, which have not spared their criticism of the executive.

Macron “humiliated”

“The French right humiliates Macron” wrote The Times on its front page. A vision shared by the tabloid Daily Mail, which writes that the French head of state has “opened the door to economic and political instability”.

“This is not only a crisis for France. It is a crisis for the European Union, with one of its main founding members which will have a parliament, and perhaps a government full of Eurosceptics”, further argues the newspaper, a fervent defender of Brexit in 2016.< /p>

In Italy — home of far-right leader Giorgia Meloni — the first edition of the country's Il Corriere della Sera is scathing: “the French right passed yesterday from the heirs of de Gaulle to those of Vichy and French Algeria, a provincial and resentful France which believed itself beaten by History.”

“History will tell if Macron was the man who delayed this worrying metamorphosis or the one who offered France to the new right”, summarizes the newspaper.

The center-left daily La Repubblica and the Turin newspaper La Stampa nevertheless note that “nothing has been done yet”, welcoming the withdrawal agreements announced to counter the RN.

In Switzerland, the major German-speaking daily TagesAnzeiger, headlines: “The Le Pen wave erases Macron’s aura of power.” And to deplore that “the country of Enlightenment, human rights and cosmopolitanism is drifting further to the right than ever — and perhaps towards darkness, isolation and xenophobia”.

“French democracy speaks and it scares”, judges the editorial of the French-speaking Swiss daily newspaper Le Temps.

Finally, on the other side of the Mediterranean, an editorial in the independent French-language Lebanese daily L’Orient-Le Jour concludes that “France is not an island.” “What is at stake is essentially part of a dynamic that goes beyond it and which could be summarized as follows: democracies are in crisis, nation-states are deeply fractured, the West lives in real or fantasized feelings of decline.”

And “all this naturally provokes fears, anxieties and withdrawals into identity from which far-right populism feeds like no other movement.”

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

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