Macron is fighting for a majority in the second round of the general election

IAt the old Beauvau indoor market and outdoor stalls, vendors offer lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, seafood and flowers. European Minister Clément Beaune and former Prime Minister Édouard Philippe grin at the cameras in front of a dangling ham at the butcher’s stand. The former head of government, who is very popular with the French, came to the Marché d’Aligre in Paris as a savior. In his constituency in the heart of the capital, the Minister for Europe is a good five points behind the NUPES left-wing candidate Caroline Mécary. If he lost in the second round of Sunday’s general election, Beaune would have to say goodbye to the government table. So President Emmanuel Macron decided on all 15 candidates running in the election. Those who are not democratically legitimized cannot remain in government.

“There’s a lot at stake,” said 40-year-old Europe minister Beaune, who is running for the first time. He runs a campaign in a suit and on behalf of famous sponsors. In a letter of recommendation, former European Commission President Jacques Delors called on people to vote for Beaun. A victory for the left would be devastating, warns Beaune, who is one of Macron’s close confidants. Left spokesman Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who wants to become prime minister, embodies “Trumpa à la française”. “When Mélenchon claims that the police are killing, that our army is making mistakes in the Sahel, that we have to leave NATO, then there is a big risk,” says Beaune. A left-wing parliamentary majority would be fatal for the future of the EU as well. “Disobedience to the EU is a permanent violation of the rules. We cannot make progress in Europe like this. “

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