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Macron, the French elections, and Rai's mute

Surprise left wins overseas consultations. But forming a government will be a feat. Europe breathes a sigh of relief, Italian politicians bicker and RAI broadcasts American comedies


Did Emmanuel Macron win or lose? In the aftermath of the second round of the French elections, marked by the success of the left united under the banner of the Nouveau Front Populaire, ahead of the president's "Ensemble" party and Marine Le Pen's far-right, politics is questioning.

And as always, it divides: arguing diametrically opposed theses. France gave a very clear answer a month after the European consultations that had recorded the clear affirmation of the populists and prompted Macron to dissolve the National Assembly: the right still remains in the minority. Despite having considerably increased the number of seats.

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And so Macron, who had called on the French to stop the black wave, won. But at the same time, he has lost, if it is true that his party has seen a significant drop in support to the left wing of Jean-Luc Mélenchon and now faces a scenario in which it will be very difficult to give birth to a stable government. Because Mélenchon, the real triumphant winner of these elections, refuses any alliance, claims the right to form the executive, but does not have the numbers in parliament to support him. A situation of absolute uncertainty that the French have never experienced since the postwar period. Thus, a long period of consultations, negotiations and cross vetoes looms on the horizon, during which the president will have to show great skill.

The Left's success in France, preceded by Labour's in England, refreshes Europe as it grapples with the formation of a new continental executive. In Italy, progressive formations rejoice.

Pd secretary Elly Schlein speaks of "an extraordinary result for the united left and a beautiful response of participation: the right can be beaten." She is echoed by Movimento 5 Stelle's number one Giuseppe Conte, who sees "a signal of democratic drive that speaks to the whole of Europe," and Nicola Fratoianni, leader of Alleanza Verdi e Sinistra, who grasps "an indication of hope."

On the other front, while Giorgia Meloni, grappling with the dilemma of whether or not to support Ursula von del Leyen for the presidency of the European Commission, chooses the line of caution, Antonio Tajani (Forza Italia) stresses that "the left wins if there is no center-right with a strong center," and Matteo Salvini, with his usual elegance, posts a tweet on X with no half-measures: "Exultation in the streets of communists and social centers, of pro-Islamists and anti-Semites, thugs attacking Police with stones in several cities, chaos in Parliament. This is the first night after the elections in France, with the "all against Le Pen" pile-up built by Macron who wins the elections but does not have the numbers to govern." And meanwhile, he announces the League's entry into the Patriots, the new formation in the European Parliament headed by Viktor Orban.

Staying at home, in this contrasting picture, Rai once again stood out. Which, unlike LA7 and Mediaset, ignored the counting of the French elections and aired late-night reruns, music programs and American comedies.

The masterpiece was given by Rainews, the state TV news channel. Instead of the news coming from Paris, it broadcast live from Pomezia the third night of the Festival of Identity Cities. Then again, there was a reason: seated in the audience stood out the director of Rainews, Paolo Petrecca. Ça va sans dire.



Illustration by Gloria Dozio - Acrimònia Studios