European Union lawmakers are increasingly worried about the prospect that Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s far-left coalition could win the French legislative elections, leaving President Emmanuel Macron no choice but to nominate the Eurosceptic Prime Minister Mélenchon. If Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s union of left-wing parties wins a majority of seats in France’s lower house, Emmanuel Macron will have to share power and compromise with the union to push legislation through parliament. This would not only harm Macron’s national agenda, but also his European agenda, according to a France 24 correspondent in Brussels.
Dave Keating told France 24 viewers: “The implications are not just national. The people of Brussels are very nervous about a Prime Minister Mélenchon.
“Because if the French Prime Minister has no role here in Brussels, his ministers do.
“And Mélenchon chooses those ministers, subject to the approval of the president, but Macron would have no choice but to appoint ministers from the far left.
“They would be sitting here in the Council of the EU – the upper house of the EU legislature.”
If Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s coalition of left-wing parties wins a majority in the French legislative elections, President Emmanuel Macron will have to share power and appoint a coalition member as prime minister. Given that Jean-Luc Mélenchon leads this coalition, he would most likely be elected Prime Minister.
“We could have a situation where the French ministers of the Council of the EU would oppose the French president of the European Council.
“This has never happened in the modern history of the EU, and it could lead to a huge dysfunction in the EU legislative process, so a lot of implications here in Brussels too if it were to happen.”
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According to Macron’s EU minister, Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s “irresponsible” program of disobedience would “inevitably” lead to a Frexit.
EU Minister Clément Beaune wrote in an editorial in the French newspaper Le Monde: “If we choose à la carte (European) rules, the destruction of the European Union is inevitable.