On being elected President of France, Emmanuel Macron said he would rule in the style of Roman God Jupiter
On top of the yellow Vests debacle, which is now destabilising France as the anti – government protests continue, a string of high profile resignations from the tottering government of President Emmanuel Macron has prompted Gérard Larcher, leader of the French Senate to warn Macron that his authoritarian tendencies were partly to blame for the civil unrest crisis and political instability that have weakened his presidency.
Mr Macron’s office announced this week that government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux and Digital Affairs Minister Mounir Mahjoubi were leaving the administration, along with European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau. Monsieurs Griveaux and Mahjoubi are said to be planning to launch rival bids for next year’s mayoral election in Paris. The current mayor, Anne Hidalgo, a socialist is seeking re-election.
Mrs Loiseau, was a key player in communicating the French government’s stance on Brexit throughout the unsuccessful negotiations, she will move to head up Mr Macron’s pro-Europe La République en Marche (LREM) party in the May 26 European parliamentary elections.
Mr Griveaux has been government spokesman since November 2017, while Mr Mahjoubi was named digital minister in May 2017. Mrs Loiseau, a career diplomat, joined the Macron government in June 2017. A reshuffle is expected by Monday, the date of the next cabinet meeting, but could be announced early to avoid being bumped down the news bulletins by the coming weekend’s Yellow Vest protests.
In the last eight months, Mr Macron has waved goodbye to his popular ecology minister Nicolas Hulot, ally and interior minister Gérard Collomb, and close advisor Ismaël Emelien.
The latest batch of resignations have further eroded the ceredibility of Macron’s leadership, already undermined by easily supportable claims that he is a president for the rich and the global corporations (The Davosocracy,) and his policies are putting further pressure on low paid and middle income groups in what is now known to be the most highly taxed nation on the planet. The three ministers who quit the government on Wednesday were all assumed to be close allies of Macron. These latest resignations bring the number of cabinet members who have quit since the boy president took office in May 2017 to ten.
“Maybe the [resignations] are a reflection of Mr Macron’s vertical governing style … maybe they reflect the head of state’s growing isolation,” Mr Larcher told Europe 1 radio shortly after the departures were confirmed in an emailed statement.
The spate of ministerial resignations, along with rising living costs, tax increases, immigration and Macron’s push to integrate France more closely politically and economically with germany have all contributed to the discontent that triggered the Yelloiw Vest movement and now has Marcon’s with his political opponents depicting him as an increasingly solitary figure with diminishing popularity and an aura of cluelessness.