En Marche becomes a Renaissance, the difficulties begin

En Marche becomes a Renaissance, the difficulties begin

New name, new direction and a leap into the unknown: The Rising Republic officially became a “Renaissance” on Saturday and must find its part in a majority-less quinquennium that will see tough discussions between allies and a candidate for the Elysee found .

Activists approved 83% of the new leadership, 87% of the new party statutes and 96% of the body of values ​​drafted in late August. About 25,000 to 26,000 “certified” members were called to vote. The party did not disclose the number of members who took part in these three votes.

“Unity and overcoming is what I want to give tonight,” Emmanuel Macron said in a video broadcast in the Carrousel.

“We were able to reconcile so many women and men who had not worked together before” and “it is unanimous and united that we will open a new chapter in the political life of our country,” said the head of the federal state.

But “without unity, extremes will win,” warned Emmanuel Macron, now honorary president of Renaissance.

Elisabeth Borne, who was present, pleaded again for a political “overcoming” between right and left.

“I will also be there to ensure the unity of the majority”, which “will only succeed if it is based on its three pillars”, also said the Prime Minister in the presence of Édouard Philippe, President of Horizons, but in the absence of the boss of the MoDem François Bayrou, still expected in the carrousel.

In an interview with Le Parisien posted online just ahead of this congress, Mr Bayrou said he was “opposed to the forced passage” of the inclusion of pension reform in the Social Security Financing Act (PLFSS).

That majority will succeed “if they advance as a bloc and stand together,” Ms Borne stressed on Saturday, while these three allies only have a relative majority in the assembly.

After an extraordinary summer session without major arguments, the autumn menu promises to be complicated: bills for unemployment insurance, renewable energies and the draft of the Interior Ministry, before the big back-to-school business: the household.

The government and majority already appear to be preparing to trigger Article 49.3, which will allow the adoption of any text without a vote, save for a motion of no confidence. The PLFSS debates are likely to be sparked when the departures show up there.

-The presidential election after 2024-

Stéphane Séjourné (37), former associate of Mr Macron, President of the Renaissance Group in the European Parliament, who will unrivaledly succeed Stanislas Guerini at the helm of the party, will be surrounded by Deputy Secretaries-General.

Among them, Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire will be responsible for ideas, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin for education.

It was necessary “really to bring all the candidates for 2027 to one table,” explains a manager from the former management.

Activists at the Congress of La République en Marche (LREM) officially become “Renaissance”, on September 17, 2022 in Paris (AFP – JULIEN DE ROSA)

The parties Agir et Territoires de Progrès (TDP), led by Ministers Franck Riester and Olivier Dussopt, will have the rank of associated parties in this new entity. According to the party, the authorities in Agir made a decision in this direction at the beginning of September. Territories of Progress will hold a congress on November 26th and 27th to confirm or not this association.

Renaissance’s new bylaws stipulate paid membership, while En Marche had claimed up to 400,000 non-paying members. Elections for local representatives are being organised, a point expected from a party which has shown great difficulty establishing itself at the local level.

A congress must be organized before November 2024 after the European elections. The party must then decide on a method of nominating a presidential candidate for 2027, as Emmanuel Macron cannot stand for re-election.

But Renaissance has to make do with Edouard Philippe’s horizons and François Bayrou’s MoDem. This week the mayor of Reims Arnaud Robinet (Horizons) said he wanted Mr Philippe to declare himself a candidate for the presidency quickly.

It is an “existential question: if we are not united in 2027, we will be defeated,” Mr Séjourné warned of the youngsters with Macron, who also met in Paris on Saturday.

Reference: www.challenges.fr

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