Meetings between presidents, the current one and his predecessors, a sign of a desire to seek political agreements on a project that has remained unfinished since the first five-year term. In the shadow of the highly contested pension reform, Emmanuel Macron is relaunching his institutional renovation project to give meaning to his second term.
For this, he had lunch with Nicolas Sarkozy, this Tuesday, February 7, after having done the same with François Hollande on Friday 3. And will also soon receive the presidents of the Senate and the National Assembly, Gérard Larcher and Yaël Braun-Pivet.
Division of regions, return of the “territorial adviser”?
These interviews prepare the installation of a “transpartisan commission” promised by Emmanuel Macron during his electoral campaign. Could a former president chair it? Instillation of a proportional dose, dear to the MoDem ally; idea of a return to the seven-year term; mid-term legislative elections to decouple them from the presidential elections, as the Head of State wishes; emergence of new counter-powers; and a new phase of decentralization: many subjects are already on the table.
A redistricting of the major regions, drawn by François Hollande in 2014, could be considered again. The subject of the “territorial adviser”, who was to replace regional and departmental elected officials in the reform of local authorities in 2010, could also be brought up to date. This idea, defended by Nicolas Sarkozy, is far from achieving consensus among elected officials. A centrist senator is worried about the consequences, on the region, of this new elected official who would have a canton for his constituency. A working group created in the Senate is preparing to formulate proposals on decentralization in April.
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