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Le Pen Questions Macron's Military Authority Ahead of French Election

With three days until France's legislative election, Marine Le Pen has questioned who would command the military if her party wins. Le Pen suggests that her protégé Jordan Bardella would lead the government and potentially make key defense decisions, challenging President Macron's authority. The election could significantly alter France's political landscape, with uncertainties about power-sharing between Macron and a potentially opposing prime minister.
With just three days until France's legislative election, far-right leader Marine Le Pen has questioned who would command the military if her party takes control.

This election could lead to new political dynamics, with uncertainties about power-sharing between President Emmanuel Macron and a potentially opposing prime minister if Le Pen's National Rally wins the National Assembly majority.

Le Pen has suggested that Jordan Bardella, her protégé, would lead the government and possibly make key defense decisions.

She claims the president's role as commander-in-chief is largely honorary, with the prime minister holding real authority over national defense.

The French Constitution designates the president as head of the armed forces but states the prime minister is responsible for national defense, leading to varied interpretations.

Political historian Jean Garrigues noted that while the president is the head of the armed forces, the prime minister controls their deployment, potentially blocking presidential decisions.

This is particularly relevant given Macron's stance on Russia and Ukraine, where he has advocated for strong Western support against Russian aggression.

Le Pen's party, known for its controversial history, hopes to leverage its recent success in the European Parliament elections to win the legislative vote.

The first round of voting is set for Sunday, with the decisive second round on July 7.

The outcome is uncertain, with Macron facing opposition from both the National Rally and the left-wing coalition New Popular Front.

Le Pen remains confident, stating that Bardella, despite his lack of governance experience, aims to be firm but not antagonistic towards Macron.

She emphasized that under Bardella, the president would be restricted from deploying troops to Ukraine.
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