Time for clarity after the French elections

The political climate during the French elections did not allow for proper debates on the programmes. The two main political parties, which have governed France over the past decades, were absent from the presidential runoff election and the final two opponents had diametrically opposed views, notably on Europe, public debt and protectionism.

After this period of uncertainty, France now anticipates a clearer future: the electoral cycle reached a conclusion yesterday with the elections to the National Assembly, which gave President Macron a clear majority although less than half of the voters chose to turn out – which is a record low for a parliamentary election in the history of the Vth Republic.