News analysis

President Macron needs to overhaul electoral strategy

Under France's constitution, the president has exclusive control over foreign and defence policy. PHOTO: REUTERS
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

LONDON  -  President Emmanuel Macron is rushing to adjust his electoral strategy after his party performed poorly in the first round of France’s parliamentary elections.

The New Popular Ecological and Social Union, a coalition of left-wing parties that campaigned under the French acronym of Nupes, secured 26.1 per cent of the votes in Sunday’s (June 12) ballot, marginally ahead of Mr Macron’s Ensemble (Together) ruling coalition, which attracted 25.8 per cent of the votes.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.