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Amélie de Montchalin, France’s Minister for Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion since May 20, was beaten by a candidate from the new left-wing alliance NUPES in the general elections on Sunday (19 June), meaning she must leave the government.

With just 46.6 percent of the vote in her constituency, de Montchalin, who is also a regional councilor for Île-de-France, lost to NUPES candidate Jérôme Guedj, missing an opportunity to establish herself as an influential figure in French politics.

Ever since President Emmanuel Macron demanded that every minister defeated in an election resign in 2017, it means she has lost her cabinet job. In addition, government spokeswoman Olivia Grégoire announced on France Inter radio on Monday that a government reshuffle would take place “in the coming days”.

Defeated three ministers

No fewer than 15 ministers ran in parliamentary elections this year.

For example, while Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, Minister Delegated for Relations with Parliament Olivier Véran, Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune or Minister for Public Actions and Finance Gabriel Attal have won the election in their respective constituencies, more are expected from the government in left in the coming days.

This is the case of de Montchalin, but also of Health Minister Brigitte Bourguignon, defeated by a candidate of Marine Le Pen’s National Rally (RN).

Macron loses majority after parliamentary polls

French voters have denied President Emmanuel Macron a parliamentary majority after the second round of general elections on Sunday (June 19), while the left and far right have made significant advances.

Some key political figures from Macron’s party have also lost their seats in the National Assembly, such as former Assistant Minister for Gender Equality Elisabeth Moreno. The same applies to former sports minister Roxana Maracineanu, who lost to NUPES candidate Rachel Keke.

Former Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, a close Macron ally from the start, was also unable to secure his seat in Parliament. The Speaker of the National Assembly himself, Richard Ferrand, also lost in Sunday’s election.

A government focused on environmental and energy issues

De Montchalin held one of the key positions in the newly formed Borne government. As predicted, Macron used his re-election as French president to emphasize the importance of environmental issues in his policies.

To this end, Macron has deployed a trio of women. As he first announced on April 16 at a rally between the two rounds of the presidential campaign, the prime minister is now “directly responsible for ecological planning.”

In addition, two ministers assist the Prime Minister in this mission, the Minister for Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion (de Montchalin) and the Minister for Energy Transition (Agnès Pannier-Runacher).

What kind of environmental policy with the RN?

However, with de Montchalin gone and no parliamentary majority, it’s not clear what kind of environmental policies the French president can pursue.

In the Assembly, the historic breakthrough of Le Pen’s RN, which increased its number of MPs tenfold from eight in 2017 to 89, should confirm the government’s pro-nuclear position.

Meanwhile, the far right is fiercely opposed to the use of wind power.

However, the current trend is towards the development of large-scale projects such as the new offshore wind farm off Saint-Nazaire in the Loire-Atlantique region. A total of 27 turbines out of 80 have just been commissioned and are generating the first French megawatt hours (MWh) from offshore wind energy.

Nevertheless, the NUPES becomes the main opposition ahead of the RN. If the left-wing alliance holds, the question arises as to what will become of the future minister for ecological change.

Could Macron appoint a member of the green party Europe Écologie les Verts (EELV), which won an unprecedented 23 seats in the general election?

Should a pro-European centre-left wing emerge from the alliance, some Green politicians could be appointed ministers, such as Yannick Jadot, who ran for the EELV in the presidential election.

[Edited by Zoran Radosavljevic]

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