It was on June 19, 2017 that Anne-Sylvaine Chassany proclaimed the ‘Macon Earthquake’ in the pages of The Financial Times !
Are the resignations of François Bayrou, Marielle de Sarnez and Sylvie Goulard the after-shocks of that ‘Earthquake’ ?
The affairs had come as an embarrassment to Mr Macron, who campaigned on a promise to clean up French politics following a series of high-profile scandals over party payments and the hiring of family members. Mr Bayrou’s position as minister in charge of a new “moralisation” bill intended to raise ethical standards in politics had become untenable.
This puts Macron well within the unsavory territory of his once opponent Fillon!
But never fear the propagandists at the FT are still trading on the ‘Macron Earthquake’ predicated, in large part, on a 57% Abstention Rate:
Following his party’s decisive victory in Sunday’s legislative elections, Mr Macron has a sufficient majority (308 of the 577 seats in parliament) to pass sensitive reforms without the support of Modem, which secured 42 seats.
How inauspicious! The next question is what next?