The political status in France
France is currently in the midst of voting on its budget laws for 2021. The Finance Bill and the Social Security Financing Bill have been under scrutiny in Parliament since 20 October and will be debated until mid-December. These laws determine the state budget for the coming year. In addition to these two laws, an Draft amending finance bill was presented in early November. This is the fourth since the beginning of the health crisis. It aims to respond to the economic consequences of the country's second containment, which began in early November.
The next regional and departmental elections are expected to take place in March 2021. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the organisation of the elections, the prime minister has entrusted Jean-Louis Debré, former president of the Constitutional Council, with a mission to define the conditions under which the elections could be held in March 2021. Discussions on the postponement of the vote began this month, due to the health context. France, which is experiencing a second lockdown, had to postpone the second round of municipal elections in March 2020. In order not to find itself in this situation again, the Government is considering a possible postponement of the elections scheduled for March.
In addition, the race for the 2022 presidential election was launched on 10 November by Jean-Luc Mélenchon (France Insoumise). He declared himself a candidate for the election, but made his participation conditional on the collection of 150,000 citizen sponsorships. His candidacy divides opinions on the political left – left-wing parties had hoped for a common, more broadly representative candidacy.