In the lead-up to France’s pivotal June 30 and July 7 elections, the prospect of a significant electoral breakthrough by Marine Le Pen’s National Rally (RN) has stirred apprehension within the country’s business circles.

With the potential for RN ministers to occupy seats of power, concerns about economic policies and their implications are mounting across various sectors.

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Federation leaders and business figures have been cautious in their public statements, cognizant of the RN’s rising influence. Michel Picon, chief of the local business group U2P, emphasized the need for clarity from the RN on key economic issues affecting small firms.

Highlighting past warnings about the detrimental impacts of RN policies on business, Picon stressed the importance of understanding the party’s stance on critical matters such as retirement age and immigration.

Thierry Cotillard, head of the Mousquetaires/Intermarche supermarket chain, reaffirmed the business community’s non-partisan stance while asserting a commitment to vigorously defend their interests regardless of political developments.

Meanwhile, concerns persist among major industrial firms regarding the RN’s economic agenda. An executive from a European industrial firm’s French subsidiary expressed uncertainty about the party’s plans, particularly in sustaining current economic policies that have fostered industrial growth over the past decade.

In contrast to the reforms under President Emmanuel Macron aimed at business facilitation and foreign investment attraction, questions loom over the RN’s intentions towards economic policies crucial for business competitiveness and stability.

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire urged business leaders to openly scrutinize and critique the economic platforms of competing parties, cautioning against what he termed as the potential costs of Marine Le Pen’s economic strategies, labeling them as “Marxist plans.”

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Major business federations such as MEDEF echoed concerns over divergent political visions that could jeopardize France’s economic prosperity. CPME, representing small businesses, emphasized the importance of continuing supply-side policies and cautioned against overlooking France’s significant national debt amid the electoral turbulence.

The stakes are particularly high for sectors reliant on consistent government policy, such as renewable energy.

Jules Nyssen, president of the Renewable Energies Union (SER), voiced deep concerns over the lack of clarity and legal guarantees amidst potential political shifts, citing the RN’s proposed moratorium on wind energy as a significant threat to sector stability and climate commitments.

Nicolas de Warren, president of the UNIDEN association, stressed the critical need for affordable, low-carbon electricity, whether from nuclear or renewable sources.

He underscored the potential setbacks in achieving climate goals under an RN-led administration that opposes certain renewable energy initiatives.

Despite these concerns, voices from within France’s business elite cautioned against premature panic, noting that electoral outcomes are uncertain and that governance realities often temper radical campaign promises.

As France braces for a pivotal electoral moment, the business community remains vigilant, preparing to navigate potential shifts in policy and leadership that could reshape the country’s economic landscape in the months and years ahead.

 

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