While Emmanuel Macron declared, during his investiture ceremony on Saturday May 7, that the people had given “a new mandate to a new president”, an Elabe poll for L’Express and BFM TV, in partnership with SFR , shows that the French are indeed expecting “new” (54%) for this second five-year term, both in substance and in form. On the merits, they are 50% to wish that the social, and in particular the purchasing power, is at the heart of the action of the president. This is the case for the absolute majority of the electorates of Jean-Luc Mélenchon (70%) and Marine Le Pen (55%), but not that of Emmanuel Macron (41%), who makes economic growth and employment its top priority (54%).

In terms of form, an overwhelming majority (81%) want the president to rely more on citizens to guide his choices and actions. This is the case for 88% of voters for Jean-Luc Mélenchon, 84% of voters for Marine Le Pen and 76% of those for Emmanuel Macron. The abstentionists also hope for this change at 74%. The implementation of thematic sessions of “great national debate” is also considered useful by 66% of French people.

While the President of the Republic says he has chosen his future Prime Minister, 44% of French people do not attach importance to the political label of the next head of government. A relative majority of Marine Le Pen voters believe that it does not matter (41%) while an overwhelming majority of Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s electorate want a Prime Minister from the left. That he has professional experience outside of politics counts for 64% of French people, while only 23% of respondents believe that ministerial experience would be an asset.

A distrust of the traditional political world that is also found in the general desire for democratic renewal. Three out of four French people defend the recognition of the blank vote and want the establishment of proportional representation for the legislative elections. A narrow majority (55%) even pleads for the drafting and adoption of a new Constitution in order to improve the functioning of democracy.



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