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Analysis: Macron follows a well-worn path of French presidents, by veering to the right

November 22, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

French President Emmanuel Macron campaigned in 2017 with the slogan "neither left nor right." But with two controversial bills and increasingly inflammatory rhetoric coming from the Interior Ministry, he appears to be lurching in the latter direction.

After widespread protests, and with journalists and human rights organizations decrying article 24, Macron's government bowed to pressure and on Thursday, the Prime Minister's office announced article 24 would be amended to ensure it did not "prejudice the legitimate interest of the public to be informed. "

Next month Macron's ministers will present legislation that the French President hopes will strengthen secular values and combat "Islamist separatism. "

Reacting to Macron's proposals, Mohammed Moussaoui, the head of the French council for the Muslim faith, said he would support the fight against extremism.

French human rights campaigner Yasser Louati tweeted that Macron had "emboldened the far right" with his speech.

Moisi said Macron's hardened stance on security and Islamic extremism was a direct response to the recent terror attacks that have blighted the country, and one that could help neutralize the rhetoric of the far-right.

"Macron is trying to answer the evolution of the situation which calls in his mind for more security, and he's not letting the extreme right benefit from the rise in terrorist activities in France," he told CNN.

With the next presidential election less than a year and a half away, Macron's biggest threat comes from Marine Le Pen's far-right party, National Rally.

Now, with Macron's fledgling party already split and controversy surrounding his proposed legislation, the question is how much further to the right he is willing or able to go to keep that lead intact.

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