• The formation formalizes its new name Renaissance at a national congress in Paris

    • With this facelift, it intends to establish itself in the territory and prepare the succession of the centrist leader for 2027

    A simple cosmetic change or a new boost to a party that has failed to establish itself? The party of French President Emmanuel Macronhas made official this Saturday night his baptism as Renaissance. The new name of the formation of the centrist leader was the main announcement of the national congress held this Saturday at the Louvre, in Paris, where the militants also voted the statutes and the leaders of the new formation. With this facelift, Macron intends to give a New impetus for a Republic on the Movewhich has been an empty shell in the last five years, without internal debates and in which almost all decisions were made from the Elysee.

    Although he was re-elected in April as head of state, his party does not have an absolute majority in the National Assembly and only has a president of a regional government and a handful of mayors in cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants. Faced with this lack of territorial implantation, Macron wants perpetuate macronism beyond his figure. He also pretends to control his succession processsince he will not be able to appear in the presidential elections of 2027. The Constitution prevents a president from serving more than two terms.

    MEP Séjourné, at the head of the party

    On April 10, during the electoral night of the first round of the presidential elections, the centrist leader asked “all those who for six years and until now (have been by his side), commit to work together and thus transcend their differences. to unite in a great political movement & rdquor ;. But this call to constitute a big house of macronism he had a restrained reception among his acolytes.

    Renaissance is basically a continuation of The Republic on the Move and only two micro-parties join it: the conservative Agir and Territories of Progress, led by a former socialist leader and current Labor Minister, Olivier Dussopt. On the other hand, the MoDem of the centrist Francois Bayrou Y Horizons of former Prime Minister Édouard Philippecurrently one of the most popular leaders among the French and considered the favorite to succeed Macron at the head of this center or center-right space.

    “We need a solid, established and structured party (…). Renaissance will be this party & rdquor ;, assured Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne, after the announcement of the results of the vote in which the new name was validated. was also chosen as general secretary from party to MEP Stéphane Séjourné. He was appointed in a vote in which there was only one list, a mirage regarding the initial promise of macronismo to regenerate politics. In France, those who hold the reins of an organization do not correspond to the leaders of the same space. In fact, Macron will only occupy the honorary presidency of the formation.

    “Incapable of defining what macronism is”

    Séjourné, 37, who between 2017 and 2019 served as a political adviser at the Elysee, is part of the narrowest circle of Macron’s faithful. By appointing him, the president is guaranteed a strong influence on your succession process. The main objectives of the new party will be “to implant Renaissance in the territory and root the Macronist ideology. And later prepare the way in which his successor will be appointed & rdquor ;.

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    One of the usual criticisms against Macron is the lack of ideological coherence. “Even among the first circles of the president they recognize that they are incapable of defining what macronism is & rdquor ;, the progressive newspaper pointed out this Saturday liberation in your editorial. His political DNA was marked by the battery of neoliberal reforms (deregulation of the labor market, tax reduction for the richest…) approved between 2017 and 2020, but then it was blurred with the covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

    Besides Philippe, the names of the Economy Minister Bruno Le Maireand that of Interior, Gerald Darmaninalso sound like possible replacements for Macron for the 2027 elections. The three are former leaders of the Republicans (LR, related to the PP in France). All a reflection of the turn to the right of a political movement promoted in 2016 by moderate sectors of the Socialist Party.