Monday, May 08, 2017

Marcon has won and that pleases me. I believe he understands the problems facing France and more broadly, Europe and has salient ideas to improve the economy. The question is does he have the political skill to generate sufficient support to implement his program? 

Under the French governing system, a president whose party doesn't control the legislature is pretty weak. At present, Marcon's party, En Marche, has no seats in the outgoing legislature. Legislative elections are next month and it is doubtful En Marche can gain a majority, but it is important that they gain enough seats to give Marcon a power base that may enable him to draw support from centrist Republicans and Socialist to pass legislation.  

We'll see.

Kim

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