Priority to Russia and Ukraine. The persistence of the crisis between Moscow and Kiev and the risk of a war in Europe could induce Emmanuel Macron to postpone his expected candidacy for a second term at the Elysée, in view of the French presidential elections on 10 and 24 April. Less than two weeks from the closure of registrations, scheduled for March 4, the outgoing president of France who currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union would therefore be thinking about postponing the official descent to the week of February 28 for another five-year period, which according to various media was initially scheduled for this week.
In the past, Macron had bound the formalization of his candidacy – now a secret of Pulcinella – on two conditions: overcome the “epidemic peak” linked to Covid-19 and turn the page of a “high-risk international situation”. If the decline in infections linked to the Pandemic seems to have started also in France, Westerners fear the intensification of the crisis between Russia and Ukraine. Yesterday, Macron spoke again on the phone with the counterparts of the two countries, Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky, as well as with US President Joe Biden and the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz.
The candidacy should therefore be postponed to the week of February 28, writes France Presse. An attitude that irritates his opponents. “I am waiting for Macron to stop hiding and announce his candidacy,” said Rassemblement National leader Jordan Bardella, interviewed by BFM-TV.