Le Pen raises the stakes by challenging Macron’s role as commander-in-chief


ER Editor: Readers may also be interested in this second piece, in a continuation of the same topic, from Politico —

French election: Le Pen threatens to clip Macron’s wings on Ukraine and defense

By way of introduction:

PARIS  — No matter how badly France’s impending snap parliamentary election goes for him, Emmanuel Macron was always meant to have the consolation that he would remain president until 2027 — with all the sacrosanct foreign policy and military powers that entails.

But his far-right adversary Marine Le Pen is signaling that, if her National Rally party wins the prime minister’s role, she won’t be content to let Macron chart the nation’s strategic course through the president’s prerogative, which would traditionally cover hot-button topics such as Ukraine, defense, diplomacy and choosing an EU commissioner.

This tussle over core competencies is firing furious debate within France and will strike terror into France’s partners in the EU and NATO about what looks likely to be a period of instability in the nuclear-armed nation of 68 million people. Assumptions from Washington to the Indo-Pacific that the president’s powers would simply be unchecked on the international stage after the election could prove ill founded. …


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