President Emmanuel Macron’s state of mind is the most important agenda item in the French media these days. It is claimed that the French leader, who is allegedly depressed after his heavy defeat in the elections, looks ‘tired and dazed’.
French President Emmanuel Macron, who faced his worst nightmare in the elections held at the end of June to determine the 577 members of the National Assembly, lost the absolute majority of 289 seats.
THE GREAT THREAT AWAITING MACRON: A DIVIDED FRANCE
The French elections have produced the most complex picture to date, the first time in 30 years that the government has failed to secure an outright majority in parliament and the 44-year-old French leader now faces the prospect of leading a divided France.
Macron, who was recently re-elected president in April but whose victory was cut short, has been looking unhappy in front of the cameras in recent days. Naturally, the president’s mood has become the number one agenda item in the French media…
LE MONDE: MACRON DEPRESSED
Le Monde, a well-known French newspaper, reported that the president told his friends ‘we are all tired’ after his heavy defeat in the elections and claimed that Macron was ‘dazed and depressed’.
L’Obs, a well-known left-wing newspaper, used the headline “Jupiter on one knee”, referring to Macron’s nickname ‘Jupiter’.
“HE HAS LOST ALL HIS ENERGY”
Le Point newspaper took these allegations further and wrote that the French leader had lost all his energy and common sense after the election.
Macron’s main rival Marine Le Pen told The Times, referring to her meeting with the French leader, “I got the impression that he doesn’t know what he wants to do, where he wants to go.”
“Macron is having trouble defining the new adventure,” an unnamed minister told Le Monde.
NOTABLE NAMES IN THE CABINET RESHUFFLE
French President Emmanuel Macron decided to reshuffle the cabinet as allegations of his depression graced French newspapers.
While Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin and Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna continued to serve in the new cabinet, Macron could no longer withstand the pressure to dismiss Damien Abad, the Minister for the Elderly, Disabled and Social Solidarity, whose name was involved in rape allegations. Abad was replaced by Jean-Christophe Combe, Director of the French Red Cross.
Laurence Boone, an economic advisor under Francois Hollande, was appointed as Minister for Europe. François Braun was appointed Minister of Health instead of Brigitte Bourguignon, while Christophe Bechu, known for his closeness to former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, was appointed Minister of Environment.
HE REJECTED THE RESIGNATION OF THE PRIME MINISTER
After Macron and his group lost the absolute majority in the parliament in the 2nd round elections held in France, French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne stated that she wanted to leave office and submitted her resignation. Macron rejected Borne’s resignation and insisted that she remain in office.