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A personal opinion article - Political Evolution: Navigating from Progressivism to a Right-Wing Trajectory

Macron's Shifting Political Landscape: From Progressivism to Right-Wing Stance


In a comprehensive analysis of President Emmanuel Macron's political journey since 2017, a prominent left-leaning British magazine observes a marked departure from the initial progressive agenda.


The magazine contends that Macron is increasingly aligning with a certain authoritarian right, signaling a significant shift in his political stance.


The recent appointment of Gabriel Attal as Prime Minister, dubbed by Libération as "Macron Prime Minister," symbolizes more than just a change in leadership. Attal, a loyal protege and political doppelganger of Macron, shares not only a similar career trajectory but also a commitment to the evolving political direction set by the French President.


While Macron initially presented himself as a centrist candidate with a program of social and economic liberalism, he garnered support primarily from the center-left electorate during his 2017 presidential campaign.


Once in office, Macron aimed for a balanced approach, combining economic policies with a commitment to European integration and environmental concerns.


Despite having prime ministers from the conservative Les Républicains party, Macron strategically included figures from both the center-left and center-right in his governments.


However, the magazine's analysis suggests that Macron's policies, particularly on identity and security matters, have increasingly leaned towards conservative sentiments. His strict interpretation of secularism and assertive stance on Islamism have raised eyebrows, and key appointments, such as Gérald Darmanin as Minister of the Interior in 2020, have reinforced a right-wing shift.


This notable transformation in Macron's political strategy prompts questions about the future trajectory of Macronism.


As France anticipates potential changes in policy orientation, observers are keenly watching how this shift will resonate with the electorate and influence the broader political landscape.


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