Macron Rebrands Party as ‘Renaissance’ Ahead of Parliamentary Elections

French President Emmanuel Macron rebrands his ruling centrist party La République en Marche as “Renaissance” as he attempts to a ruling majority in the June parliamentary elections.

Stanislas Guérini, the party’s secretary-general, announced in a press conference in Paris on May 5 that the name “Renaissance” meant “always make the choice of enlightenment over obscurantism.”

Guérini also said that the party would be “open to citizens, elected officials, local elected officials wherever they come from,” adding that it will field 400 candidates.

“Renaissance” is also the name given to Macron’s party list in the 2019 elections to the European Parliament.

The name change is also intended to help Macron’s party gain ground in local government, which it has failed to do so in the last five years.

The rebranded party will form a coalition with two other centrist parties — MoDem party and former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe’s Horizons party — under the banner “Ensemble” (Together) for the legislative elections.

The elections will sit all 577 deputies in the French lower house of parliament, following Macron’s reelection as president in April.

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