Ex-PM Philippe launches his own political party

The former French prime minister Edouard Philippe revealed the name of his right-wing party – “Horizons”. [EPA-EFE/IAN LANGSDON]

The former French prime minister Edouard Philippe revealed the name of his right-wing party – “Horizons” – on Saturday. Philippe has, however, ruled out a run for the upcoming presidency, stating that “my objective is that in 2022, Emmanuel Macron is re-elected”.

In his party’s manifesto, Philippe, who served under Emmanuel Macron from May 2017 to July 2020 and said he remains “loyal but free”, explains that he wants to build “a new political offer based on openness and the refusal of sectarianism”.

Philippe says he chose the name “Horizons” because France needs a long-term vision to “build a global strategy for France”, based on the “unity and cohesion” of the country around its values, history and culture, to “assure its competitiveness, prosperity and power in the long run”.

The ex-PM wants to build on education, which he named the “mother of all battles”, and without which innovation and progress were impossible. Other objectives of the new party include a reinforced ecological ambition, social justice, and more decentralised management of the Republic.

Philippe said that he does not wish to challenge President  Macron and his political formation LREM (“La République en Marche”) in the upcoming elections. However, Macron’s re-election “will require a broadening of his electoral base”, he said.

(Magdalena Pistorius | EURACTIV.fr)

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