An agreement, a change of name and the first candidates invested for the legislative elections. The leaders of the outgoing majority formalized their union on Thursday May 5 in view of the June elections. At the start of the evening, the presidential majority published a first list of 187 invested candidates. Among them are the ministers Elisabeth Borne (Calvados), Jean-Michel Blanquer (Hauts-de-Seine) and Gabriel Attal (Hauts-de-Seine), as well as the former socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls (French from Spain and from Portugal). A second salvo must be unveiled at the end of the week.
The majority also granted 58 constituencies to the party of Edouard Philippe, a sign according to them that all “rivalries of clans and people” are ruled out at the dawn of the second five-year term. There was little doubt that Richard Ferrand for La République en Marche, François Bayrou for the MoDem, and Edouard Philippe for Horizons, would reach an agreement in view of the elections of June 12 and 19, the challenge being to limit the scars of tough negotiations. In a press conference, everyone therefore heavily insisted on “the good mood” that went through the discussions – “we had a good laugh”, even launched Richard Ferrand – which made it possible to “avoid clan rivalries and of people,” says François Bayrou.