Macron has no time to enjoy the victory, top ally resigns
23 June, 2017
France`s President Emmanuel Macron, faced last week serious problems within his government, only days after his party Republic on the Move (REM) in an alliance with small centrist MoDem party won majority in the parliament. Hours before Macron had to reshuffle his cabinet on 21 June, Justice Minister Fran?ois Bayrou handed in his resignation, following the other MoDem minister, former defence minister Sylvie Goulard, who quit her post on Tuesday. MoDem is facing allegations it used European parliamentary funds to pay assistants actually based in France. Bayrou was a key backer of Macron's movement during the presidential campaign. He has dismissed the allegations of fake jobs in his party.
Macron is eager the parliament to pass during a special session in July security, anti-corruption and labor bills he considers as priorities. The government is going to seek an extension of the state of emergency from 15 July until 1 November. In parallel, it plans to pass a bill to make some extraordinary security measures permanent beyond the end of the state of emergency.
The government also has presented a draft law on cleaning up political ethics, hit by the scandal surrounding conservative candidate for Elysee Palace Francois Fillon and his wife. The new bill notably would ban lawmakers and government members from hiring family members. Judges could ban a person convicted for fraud or corruption-related crimes from running for an elected office for up to 10 years.
The most sensitive of Macron's reforms is a set of measures that would ease hiring and firing with the aim to bring down the unemployment rate, now just below 10%.