Renaissance, a "single party" smaller than expected


The Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne (in the center), surrounded, on the left, by the ministers Franck Riester, Olivier Dussopt and Stanislas Guerini, and, on the right, by Aurore Bergé, president of the Renaissance group in the National Assembly, Yaël Braun- Pivet, President of the National Assembly, and Stéphane Séjourné, patron of Renaissance, during the seminar for executives of the presidential party, in Metz, on August 27, 2022.

The idea was launched by Emmanuel Macron on the evening of the first round of the presidential election. The candidate president called “all those who, for six years and until this evening[-là], [s’étaient] engaged to work [s]sides to transcend their differences to come together in a great political movement”. On Friday September 16 and Saturday September 17, supporters of the Head of State are invited to go to practical work and "refound" The Republic on the Move (LRM). Saturday evening, the presidential formation should officially become Renaissance, after two days of voting by members on the new statutes and the new management team. The results will be revealed during a founding congress, where the new boss of this party, Stéphane Séjourné, will speak, after the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne.

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Appoint a successor

But, in a few months, the tenant of the Elysée had to review his ambitions. His project for a large single party, which was to bring together the entire democratic and progressive arc, was gradually reduced to a merger between LRM and only two satellites: the micro-parties Territories of progress, led by Minister Olivier Dussopt (labour) , and Agir, headed by Franck Riester (relations with Parliament). While being allies, the two other formations of the majority, the MoDem of François Bayrou and Horizons of Edouard Philippe, will not be, anxious to preserve their autonomy. The environmental movement of the left wing of the majority, In common, embodied by former minister Barbara Pompili and former deputy Hugues Renson, did not wish to be integrated either.

Concocted by Mr. Séjourné, president of the Renew group in the European Parliament, in conjunction with the Elysée, Renaissance will have to prepare for the electoral deadlines, by starting to think about the best process to appoint a successor to Emmanuel Macron in 2027. Government heavyweights , who have long been disinterested in LRM, have decided to get involved. The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, will deal in particular with training, and that of the economy, Bruno Le Maire, will be in charge of ideas.

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