What’s next after Macron’s re-election in France?

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After getting another five years in the Elysee Palace, French President Emmanuel Macron intends to immediately return to work on domestic and foreign policy, but he will soon face crucial parliamentary elections in which he may find it difficult to maintain his majority.

Here’s a look at what’s next for Macron and his government in France.

INVESTITURE CEREMONY

The Constitutional Council will publish the official results of the presidential elections on Wednesday. That same day, Macron will have a cabinet meeting.

Macron will then set a date for the investiture ceremony, which must take place before May 13 at the Elysee Palace. He will receive National Guard honors and deliver a speech.

Usually 21 guns are fired to mark the inauguration, although Presidents François Mitterrand and Jacques Chirac skipped that tradition in their re-elections in 1988 and 2002. Macron is only the third leader in modern France to win a second term at the polls.

MACRON’S FIRST MEASURES

Just like five years ago, Macron plans to rush to Berlin, in keeping with the tradition that the newly elected president will make his first foreign trip to neighboring Germany to celebrate the two countries’ friendship after multiple wars. He will meet with Foreign Minister Olaf Scholz with the war in Ukraine as the main item on his agenda.

At some point, he could also travel to kyiv to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a visit he said he would only make on the condition that it has “a useful impact.” Macron spoke with Zelenskyy and Scholz just hours after his triumph.

On May 9, Macron is expected to deliver a speech on Europe in Strasbourg, the seat of the European Union Parliament.

He explained that one of his priorities in France will be to pass a special law by the summer that supports purchasing power amid rising food and energy prices fueled by the conflict in Ukraine.

PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS

Prime Minister Jean Castex is expected to resign from his government in the coming days. Macron will then appoint a new caretaker government, but the ministers will only be in office for a few weeks.

Nationwide parliamentary elections, scheduled in two rounds on June 12 and 19, will decide who controls the majority of the 577-seat National Assembly. In case he wins Macron’s party, he will appoint a new government accordingly and will be able to pass laws.

If another party wins a majority of seats, Macron will be forced to appoint a prime minister from that new majority. In such a situation, called “cohabitation” in France, the government would implement policies that diverge from Macron’s project. However, the French president would have influence over the country’s foreign policy.

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