Macron’s Third Way and the French Aspiration

By Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Tue 25 April / Apr 2017. 12:00 AM
  • Fahed Khitan

So far, it seems like both the right and left wings in western democracies are losing to the more fundamental and radical currents.

The results of the first round of presidential elections in France provide proof on the imminence the shift in the mood of the general constituency.

The far right candidate, Marine Le Pen, has made it to the second round.

Likewise, the far left nominee, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, has aggregated an impressive rally of new followers, and was so close to making it.

Meanwhile, the remaining candidates of the traditional republican and socialist parties, did not do as well.

Both have gathered less than the new rookie, Emmanuel Macron, whose history in the political sphere is at best; recent, being the leader of the newly founded movement En Marche!

Macron’s success seems more or less guaranteed; most French party leaders have announced their endorsement of the Macron, perhaps not for his persona or agenda. It is most likely they did so to prevent the arrival of the Eurosceptic far right into office, as well as to safeguard diversity in France.

Historically, France has always leant rightwards, but never so far right.

More than 40 per cent of the voters have given their votes to opponents of the Eurozone.

Despite the massive resistance the peoples of Europe have shown against popularist currents of the sort, these parties are persistently on the rise. With every election, they seem to be doing better and better.

In the meantime, European Democracy is losing spirit, under the immense weight of the American electoral model and the quality of its rivals.

France, before the blood wave of terrorism swept through in the last two years, was relatively safe from rising popularism.

However, the recent barbaric events and the issue of refugees have both triggered the constituents shift towards the right.

Additionally, there is the question of disappointment and frustration. In general, the French have lost faith in traditional party movements, particularly the French Socialist Party, who in the last four decades have not seen such a loss.

Needless to say, previous wagers on the new runners in many democratic countries have seldom ended well.

Along these lines, the wager on Macron’s arrival in office is not expected to go any better.

Notably, Macron does not have a history of credibility or the expertise; his “Third Way”, an attempt to reconcile the right and left, simply found favour with the constituents.

Once he arrives in office, all this will change. Once he begins to deal with the complex domestic and foreign issues at hand, with only right and left wing experts to advise him, what is expected of him?!

That said, the results of the first round of elections in France are to say the least; worrying. They raise alarm as the European Union is still in the danger zone, periled by the imminent threat of disintegration, now that the UK has left.

Eurosceptic powers across the Union are more active and effective as ever, gaining new followers every day, and with the passage every elections round in Europe.

This article is an edited translation of the Arabic version, published by AlGhad.