French press review

Headlines: Borne stays at Matignon, Macron persists and signs

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Emmanuel Macron confirms Elisabeth Borne as Prime Minister, in an interview with AFP on June 25, 2022. © AP / Gonzalo Fuentes

By: Norbert Navarro

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The president told Agence France Presse.

“ 

I have decided to confirm my confidence in Elisabeth Borne

 ”.

It is up to the Prime Minister to find a way to form a government in an arc going from the Communist Party to the right-wing party Les Républicains, excluding, therefore, La France insoumise and the National Rally.

But the French, indeed, are not happy with the Macron-Borne tandem.

According to an Ifop poll for 

Le Journal du Dimanche

, 61% of them are unhappy with Emmanuel Macron, and 52% with Elisabeth Borne.

The sinking press for Macron

The weekly press is shipwreck like never before for Emmanuel Macron.

"

The macronie on the mat, behind the scenes of a disaster

", launches the front page of 

L'Express.

In the Lepeno-Melanchonist vice, French tragedy,

” adds that of the weekly 

Le Point

.

Emmanuel Macron, "

the relative president

", formulates that of 

L'Obs.

That of 

Marianne

 wonders if Macron is “

out of harm's way?

".

Emmanuel Macron had begged French voters " 

not to add French disorder to global disorder 

", recalls 

Le Point

.

 He will have to face both simultaneously, and he bears his share of responsibility for this misfortune.

Since losing its parliamentary majority on June 19, France has become a political risk for Europe and a major subject of concern for our neighbors and our allies

 ,”

 Le Point warns.

Macron facing his destiny

This president has two obsessions, summarizes 

L'Express

 : “

not to be the one who hands over power to a populist or a radical, like Barack Obama welcoming Donald Trump to the White House;

not be just a parenthesis in the history of the Fifth Republic

".

Sure of himself, Emmanuel Macron saw nothing coming.

“ 

The belching of a Jean-Luc Mélenchon, proclaiming his imminent arrival at Matignon every day, would, for sure, be enough to remobilize reasonable voters in a last gasp.

Failed

 , ”points  out

L’Express.

In Le Point

magazine 

, an “ 

intimate 

” of the president confirms that Macron “ 

never considered this scenario.

He may have fallen asleep on his laurels

(…) 

He who wanted to put an end to demonetized parties – which he compared in 2016 to a

 “friendly association of bowlers, without friendship and without balls” –

will remain like the one who resuscitated the combinazione of the Fourth Republic

 ”, insists this weekly.

Observation shared by 

L'Obs

, which takes stock.

A united left, a tenfold extreme right, reinvigorated Republicans, a diminished majority: Emmanuel Macron finds himself besieged in the aftermath of a chaotic election.

His second five-year term promises to be infinitely more difficult than expected 

.

Especially since the economic context is worrying, underlines 

Marianne

.

“ 

While we were promised

“happy days”

after the Covid crisis, the French economy is sinking back into depression

”.

In 

Marianne

, the sociologist Jérôme Fourquet remarks: " 

We turn away from the voting booth today as we turned away from the church yesterday

 ".

And 

Marianne 

goes there with her formula: “

The polling stations are burning, and we are looking elsewhere!

These legislative elections have confirmed that voters are melting as fast as the ice floe

 .

Rachel Keke, from shadow to light

The press finally greets the new entrants to the National Assembly.

Among these deputies, Rachel Keke.

According to 

Paris Match

, Rachel Keke, a Franco-Ivorian housekeeper who led a strike against the management of the Ibis Batignolles hotel in Paris, is one of those who “ 

could play a major role for the next five years

 ”.

Rachel Keke?

She is, for 

Paris Match,

the representative of the invisible

”.

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