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Macron's ‘Renaissance’ Aims to Shake Up European Parliament

  • French President’s LREM party won’t join parliamentary groups
  • Macron’s eventual aim is new European party built around him
Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron

Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

President Emmanuel Macron upended French politics two years ago when he swept aside the two mainstream parties that had dominated elections since the 1970s. Disrupting politics on a European level will be a trickier proposition.

Macron’s La Republique en Marche! is planning to form ad hoc coalitions after European Parliament elections in May rather than join an existing group in the assembly, pitting it against entrenched interests. The party, whose campaign is dubbed “Renaissance”, would then consider forming a new faction built around itself.