Mlenchon gearing up for the second round of parliamentary elections earlier this month. Image: Claude Paris/ AP
Even so, the political scientist Dominique Reyni, chairman of the progressive centre-right thinktank Fondapol, said he doubted everything “il be going” the direction Macron missed formerly the electoral honeymoon point was over. He will face opponent. If not in parliament then outside, on wall street, Reyni said.
Bruno Jeanbart, deputy director of the pollsters OpinionWay, have really informed even before Macrons jubilation: Where is the resist? If it doesnt has occurred in parliament, it will happen in the streets, in the press.
Their admonishes were echoed this week by Luc Rouban, a political scientist at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, who described the political situation in France as potentially explosive. Rouban said FI could put up a little fight but resist is likely to express itself outside parliament.
Even before “hes taking” up his seat in the Assemble Nationale, Mlenchon was stirring headlines. Citing to one of Macrons more ostentatious brand-new and inexperienced MPs, the prizewinning mathematician Cdric Villani, as the maths guy, he contributed: Ill explain to him what the labour act is all about and inferno be astonished. Hes no theory whats in it! He doesnt realise the eight-hour work day was the result of 100 years of engagement. Villani responded in good humour. Dear Jean-Luc Mlenchon, he tweeted. As director of IHP[ a numerical research centre ], Ive investigated study contracts. But its always a pleasure to have a private lesson!
Rouban said that Mlenchon and the far-right Front National manager Marine Le Pen, who was also elected to the French parliament for the first time with seven other FN MPs, could become the cheerleaders for a social objection, a strong topic for the presidential election. The statu was seen even more erratic, he said, because the opposition parties had little real dominance. And the decider would be whether “what theyre saying” carries any heavines with public opinion or whether there is a form of apathy among the working classes and of patience among the upper classes.
Pierre Gattaz, head of the French business leaders organisation Medef, rejected the relevant recommendations of Mlenchon producing any sort of credible opposition to Macron. He said Mlenchons worship of Cubas Fidel Castro and Venezuelas Hugo Chvez stirred him a being whose themes were extremely dangerous.
He can talk. He has a great flair for oratory, but well have to see how it finishes for those who put their sect in someone who express well, but whose minds will lead to devastate and dejection for France, Gattaz told the Anglo-American Press Association.
We have to call a spade a spade. He “ve never” caused a single idea for creating jobs in France. Give Mr Mlenchon set up his own fellowship and create a few jobs and then he can say something.
Gattaz, who belief Macrons economic reform plans do not go far enough said he was optimistic that improve would happen. If not, we will be looking at Mlenchon and Le Pen in the second round in 2022, he said.
Asked where he saw opposition to Macrons economically liberal programme “re coming out”, Gattaz said perhaps from the streets.
The historian Jean Garrigues said opposition political parties had few artilleries against an absolute parliamentary majority, adding that the resist vote against cant reach much difference and they had the choice of ganging up on the government by connecting troops or taking the fight to the streets. The latter simply toiled when theres pressure from unions and public opinion. Olivier Rozenberg, identify professor at SciencesPo university, said: The resist isnt going to change statutes, but they can make their point of view heard. They oblige the majority of members to justify itself, which is important.
Mlenchon is therefore of the opinion that his best ally is the record 57% alliance of French voters who, orphaned by the disintegration of the traditional left and right defendants, did not rile to cast a vote in the legislative elections. The president has no legitimacy to perpetrate a social coup. I see in this abstention an force that’s available if we know how to use it for our fight, he said.