The second round of France’s presidential election, on Sunday, is commanding worldwide attention. The contest pitting Emmanuel Macron’s globalist cosmopolitanism against Marine Le Pen’s France-first nationalism is important, to be sure.
But the election that will shape how the country is governed for the next five years will take place a month later, when the French elect their National Assembly, or parliament.
Outside analysts tend to discuss France’s election season as though its presidency works just like the one in the United States — the president heads the executive branch, controls government ministries and wields important legislative powers. None of this is the case in France — at least, not unless the president controls a majority in the Assembly.… Seguir leyendo »