The French president’s bet “is to find a stronger majority”, says Marc Ferracci – rts.ch

Marc Ferracci, former French MP from Switzerland and Liechtenstein and close to the President of the French Republic, affirms that Emmanuel Macron’s strategy is not aimed at putting the far right in power, but rather at consolidating a new majority.

Invited Tuesday in La Matinale de la RTS, Marc Ferracci declares that he will run in the legislative elections in order to continue his representation of the French people of Switzerland and Liechtenstein in the National Assembly.

Although he is close to Emmanuel Macron, since he was his advisor as well as his wedding witness, and vice versa, he insists on the fact that he was not one of the insiders. He claims to have not been informed of the plan to dissolve the French Assembly. According to him, “the issue of this dissolution, regardless of the way in which it was decided, is to clarify the political situation.”

To advance to the second round, alliances will be necessary

According to an analysis by France Info on the European elections, the National Rally (RN) came first in 32,000 of the 35,000 French municipalities, or in 93% of them.

>> Read also: The RN conquered nine out of ten municipalities in France during the European elections

However, Marc Ferracci highlights an important distinction between the two elections: the French legislative elections and the European elections are not identical. The French legislative elections take place in two rounds, they require the ability to form alliances. Furthermore, the issues are not the same.

Today, the RN does not have a program capable of governing France

Marc Ferracci, former French MP from Switzerland and Liechtenstein

The RN does not have a viable program to govern France, believes the former member of the French people of Switzerland. Marc Ferracci underlines that their proposals, particularly in terms of public spending, could lead to major economic difficulties. Their program, which was costed by independent institutions, “would cost more than 120 billion euros per year”, while France already has more than 3,000 billion euros in debt. “We must reduce our public deficits to protect our social model,” he recalls.

The RN fuels anger, but has no vision for France

The former French MP from Switzerland criticizes the RN for its populist approach, which consists of exploiting the anger and resentment of citizens without proposing concrete and achievable solutions. He insists that these tactics do not constitute a political program, nor a vision for the future of the country.

The RN focuses on expressing the anger of the French and appealing to their resentment, (…) but this does not constitute a program

Marc Ferracci, former French MP from Switzerland and Liechtenstein

Marc Ferracci affirms that the dissolution of the French Assembly is not a political maneuver by Emmanuel Macron aimed at allowing the RN to seize power, in order to present the French with a fait accompli. According to him, giving power to the far right is never a good strategy. He points out that in other countries, such as Hungary or Poland, once the far right gains power, it crosses thresholds which quickly become irreversible.

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“I think that the President of the Republic has not made this calculation. Very clearly, in my opinion, he took a gamble. And like any gamble, it involves an element of risk. But his objective is to obtain a stronger majority to continue transforming the country,” he explains.

If the National Rally were to win the French legislative elections and Jordan Bardella became Prime Minister, the Renaissance party would be tasked with assuming a role of constructive opposition. “He should continue to explain in a concrete way the implications of the measures, actions and proposals of the RN”, firmly declares Marc Ferracci.

>> See also the interview with Marc Ferracci in the 7:30 p.m.:

Marc Ferracci, MP for the French in Switzerland, discusses the looming early legislative elections and the political uncertainty reigning in France
Marc Ferracci, MP for the French in Switzerland, discusses the looming early legislative elections and the political uncertainty reigning in France / 7:30 p.m. / 3 min. / yesterday at 7:30 p.m.

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