May 15, 2019
Why an anti-Macron vote may mobilise in this EP election
In this European election campaign the French parties have no core issue to clearly distinguish themselves. Most of their campaigns focus on discrediting the others, Macron's stance in the campaign, and what alliances to form. This is sending confusing signals to the voters, writes Cécile Cornudet. What is the difference between the climate bank proposals from LREM, the Greens, or the left under Raphaël Glucksmann? No one knows. Everyone talks in the language of the other. Divisive subjects are either absent, like European federalism and euro exit, or taken up by all parties like climate, protectionism or sovereignty.
So, how will the voters decide? Hardly along party lines, given the fractured political landscape. Not really to endorse parties' future alliances in the European parliament. As an expression of what voters are against, perhaps? There are those who conceive this election as an anti-Macron vote, and there is at danger that they could swing the vote towards the far-right Rassemblement National. Le Pen's party is either neck-to-neck with LREM or ahead in the polls.
Some are even making extreme choices like Andréa Kotarac, elected regional adviser under the far-left banner of Jean-Luc Mélenchon but who has now left LFI and is supporting the far right to make sure that LREM loses as much as possible. Could the young Jordan Bardella, leading the list for Rassemblement National, be the choice for those disillusioned young who want to see Macron out? This is something to watch out for. The election could mobilise voters in both directions and end up being about everything else but the party programmes.