Welcome to the Neo-Liberalization of France. To paraphrase Margot Channing in ‘All About Eve’ hang on its going to be a bumpy ride ! Even E.U. hack Henrik Uterwedde at Social Europe dared to say that Macron and his callabos in La République En Marche will push their ‘Reforms‘ through by Decree, in sum, Macron’s Jupertarian Politics are authoritarian in nature and in fact!
Macron has got full permission from Parliament that this reform shall be laid down by decree. This gives him complete freedom to simultaneously hold ongoing, intensive consultations with trade unions and business federations and flexibly respond to their criticism. The president wants parliament to pass these planned regulations in September. His plan for reform has great economic import but it is also highly significant politically: a litmus test for Macron’s ability to push through unpopular decisions and bring about real change in his country.
What Ms. Chassany carefully leaves out of her advocacy journalism is that Macron won, but that French voters expressed their collective enthusiasm for Macron, by a rate of nearly 37% of spoiled,blank, or uncountable ballots!
And what of Le Pen and her very large constituency of voters, or Mélenchon? According to Ms. Chassany, Macron’s approval rating are ‘plunging’. Will the fractious nature of French politics reassert itself, in opposition to Macron’s rule by decree, what to call this? political delusion? Too many questions remain to be seen, both Ms. Chassany and Mr. Uterwedde’s triumphalist narratives, like Macron’s Jupertarian Politics, need to put to the political test. Although Ms. Chassany does give the briefest space to the CGT’s call for a ‘day of strike’ on September 12th. Let many flowers bloom on that date!