Emmanuel Macron is understood to have considered several changes to France’s political make up in a bid to regain control and improve his party’s popularity. The French President is said to have discussed changing prime minister, dissolving the National Assembly, holding a referendum, or even resigning, French newspaper Le Figaro reported. But this could be his own downfall.
Last week, it was reported Mr Macron had offered to resign as President in a bid to regain political control and force a new election.
But according to reports, Mr Philippe’s rise in popularity amid the coronavirus outbreak could challenge Mr Macron’s presidency.
Some MPs are concerned that if Mr Philippe becomes mayor in Le Havre during the second round of municipal elections, he could quit as Prime Minister.
During the pandemic, Mr Philippe’s popularity soared past Mr Macron’s as he presented solidity and loyalty during the crisis.
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Reports claim Mr Macron is facing a dilemma against the popular Prime Minister.
If Mr Philippe leaves Matignon and goes to Le Havre he will be regarded as a potential candidate in waiting for the 2022 elections.
However, if he decides to stay, Mr Philippe is also seen as a risk to Mr Macron due to the similarity in how the President came to power.
Mr Macron came to power by staying on as a minister of François Hollande and then launched his own movement.
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Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and President Emmanuel Macron
Although France seems to be easing out of the coronavirus pandemic, the public’s response to the government’s strategies have not been completely supportive.
In May, an opinion poll by Odoxa revealed how 58 percent of people in France did not trust the government to ease the restrictions successfully with more than a third wanting to stay under lockdown.
In a study conducted by Elabe, between June 2 and 3, also found that 62 per cent of the French people surveyed said they do not trust President Macron to effectively tackle the main problems facing the country.
So far there have been 29,374 recorded deaths in hospitals and care homes due to coronavirus.
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There have been 156 thousand cases of Covid-19 in the country.
Almost 72,000 people diagnosed with Covid-19 have reportedly recovered and been discharged from hospitals.
It is now mandatory to wear face masks in France on public transport, even though President Macron originally said masks were unnecessary.
Mr Macron was also criticised for not condemning some of the violent demonstrations held in response to the death of George Floyd in the US.
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An estimated 23,000 people defied a Paris ban in order to voice their anger at the death of Mr Floyd and also Adama Traore, a 24-year-old who died in French police custody in 2016.
Violence later erupted from the protests with police using tear gas to deter the crowds while demonstrations also took place in Marseille, Lille and Strasbourg.
Mr Macron has also been facing a crisis of leadership as 24 MPs quit his party – shattering the French President’s overall majority in parliament.
He now has just 281 members in the lower chamber – well short of the 289 needed for an absolute majority.
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At the height of Mr Macron’s popularity following his election win in 2017, his La République En Marche party had a commanding majority with 314 MPs in parliament.
The MPs have quit to form a new faction called “Agir Ensemble” (Act Together) and will become the 10th parliamentary group in France’ National Assembly.