I predicted that he would struggle. Now calls for a Sixth Republic may become louder – and the next President may be a Marxist or Le Pen.
France’s intractable divisions between left, right, and centre were once again highlighted by Sunday’s election.
The logic of Johnson’s critics is either to abandon control of our borders, or else open them to more asylum seekers with no numbers cap.
They find themselves wondering what place their nation has within the European Union, and in dealing with Putin.
French leaders have a history of being dovish towards Moscow, and his rivals are having to explain past warmth towards Putin.
If Peter Sellers were still around, he could play the President to perfection, as a politician who is all at once cunning, witty, naive and triumphant.
The country’s Prime Minister is a classic cakeist – berating the EU on the one hand, but not seeking to leave on the other.
Any move to grab more powers next year is going to end badly for politicians in Brussels.
Weakening at home and friendless abroad, it finds itself on the back foot – and exposed to its nations’ reliance on EU funds.
And if Germany’s Greens are in government after the federal election, they will be inclined to help him.
The president has lost his majority during the course of the Coronavirus pandemic. How will it affect his odds at the 2022 election?
EU federalism will be stronger in Britain, as rules are simply imposed on you. And stronger in the rest of Europe – because you’re leaving us.
By seeing off Le Pen and electing the most ideologically pro-EU president since Giscard d’Estaing, France has changed the game.
Was your vote in the EU referendum a vote for yourself, your family, your neighbourhood, your country, Europe, or the world? For the short-term or the long?