Le Monde newspaper said that in 2027 the term of French President Emmanuel Macron ends, and his allies, including Gerald Darmanin, Edouard Philippe, Bruno Le Maire and Gabriel Attal, are competing as potential successors, with the risk of breaking the fragile ruling coalition.
Le Monde added that there was an agreement between officials at the higher levels of the government not to start hostilities for Macron’s succession.
In mid-August, when Darmanin told Le Figaro that he was now looking forward to 2027, the rejected contender for the prime minister position angered several members of the ruling coalition.
Le Monde added that Darmanin, like his mentor, Nicolas Sarkozy, began to make sweeping maneuvers, just one year after Macron’s re-election.
20 years ago, immediately after the fragile re-election of Jacques Chirac against Jean-Marie Le Pen, Sarkozy, then Minister of the Interior, the history repeats itself, announced his ambitions, and announced as early as 2003 that he was considering 2007.
However, jamming the way to succeed Macron is with many competitors, each of whom must search for a brand to distinguish himself with, and a political space to draw.
According to Le Monde, Darmanin targets the popular classes, which he calls the key to the upcoming elections.
“We must not leave the popular class voters alone with the National Assembly, the far right,” he said.
Darmanin criticizing the fact that no one in the majority is addressing this group of voters.
Darmanin who never fails to mention his humble origins, believes that this position will enable him to distinguish himself from his competitors.
The summer offensive has infuriated one of Macron’s staunchest defenders, Gabriel Attal, who considers Darmanin’s remarks hasty and stressful for the president.
Darmanin believes he has a decisive lead, but his initiative has also proven risky, making his rivals appear more legitimate, at a time when the French need a period of calm and answers to their daily concerns.
According to Le Monde, the contenders for Macron’s succession do not all share the same analysis of the political scene, and while Darmanin and Philippe clearly recognized the return of the left-right divide, and placed themselves on the right, Attal, on the other hand, believes in the strength of the central space that Macron opened.
And Just as Sarkozy’s rise led to the poisoning of Chirac’s second term, this dance of ambition threatens to interfere with Macron’s projects, which have already been hampered by the loss of his absolute majority in the National Assembly.
In fact, according to the pollster (Press-Tenturer), it was the weakness of Macron’s influence in Parliament that opened the door to the early emergence of his successors.
This risks further fracturing the already fragile ruling coalition, and adding uncertainty to the political moment.
Le Figaro newspaper reported last June that one of Macron’s closest political allies had sparked controversy after calling for constitutional amendments that would allow the president to assume a third presidential term.
Former President of the National Assembly, Richard Ferrand, told the newspaper that he opposes limiting the term of the president to two terms, which means that Macron can run again in 2027.
Last April, Macron said, “The leader of the far-right, Marine Le Pen, may become the new president of France within 4 years, if the current government fails to respond appropriately to the challenges”.
On April 20, the French Welcomed Macron with boos and banging pots in Alsace, since the issuance of the law amending the disputed pension system, which led to widespread protests in France from various sectors.
The decree amending the controversial retirement system in France was published in the Official Gazette in April after Macron activated it after its approval in the Constitutional Council.