Macron’s party changes name to “Renaissance” – POLITICO

French President Emmanuel Macron’s La République en Marche party has changed its name to Renaissance, the party’s executive director announced Thursday.

“Today we are initiating a movement to rebuild La République en Marche, to further develop this political movement … in a political party that will bear the name of the Renaissance,” said Stanislas Guerini at a press conference in Paris.

Flanked by former French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe – founder of centre-right Horizons party – and centrist MoDem party leader François Bayrou Guerini announced an electoral coalition between the three parties ahead of next month’s French general election. Renaissance will field 400 candidates, he added.

The rationale for choosing the name, Guerini said, was to show that the party “would always choose to educate against obscurantism.” It will be “open to citizens, elected officials and local elected officials wherever they come from,” he added. It was also the name given to Macron’s party list in the 2019 European elections.

France will hold general elections this summer to elect all 577 MPs in the lower house of Parliament after Macron’s re-election as President in April. The president’s party is set for a steeper climb than in 2017 as left-wing parties band together to deny him another parliamentary majority. The far right is also considering an alliance to bolster their chances, although talks have been held so far have been damaged through power struggles. Macron's party changes name to "Renaissance" - POLITICO

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