Three days after he suffered a major political blow that lost his party's parliamentary majority, French President Emmanuel Macron proposed, on Wednesday, “legislation in a different way” on the basis of compromises between various political forces.
Macron gave a televised public address, two days after
“We must collectively learn how to govern and legislate differently,” Macron said in his speech. “Building some new concessions with the political movements that make up the new assembly.”
Emmanuel Macron casts his vote during the last round of parliamentary elections in France on June 19 (Reuters)
(It came hours after far-right leader Marine Le Pen made a big entrance into the National Assembly along with dozens of lawmakers from her National Rally party, which won 89 seats in Sunday's election.
(Macron's Ma'an alliance won the most seats – 245 – but that's 44 seats short of a majority in France's most powerful parliament. The main opposition force is the left-wing Nobis coalition created by the controversial left-wing hardliner Jean-Luc Mélenchon, with 131 seats.
The result will make it difficult for Macron to deliver on election promises such as purchasing power-boosting measures and cuts. tax and raise the minimum retirement age from 62 to 65. His government can still govern, but only by bargaining with lawmakers.
The president retains control of foreign policy.
Macron heads Thursday to a series of world summits expected to focus on the war in Ukraine.
A radical change
In the same context, Macron said that the formation of the National Assembly echoes “deep cracks and divisions throughout our country.”
“I think it is possible…to create a broader and clearer majority to take action,” he added. He does not intend to fundamentally change his policies.
Macron urged the political parties to announce within the next two days whether they are ready to form a political party. A government coalition or the obligation to vote on some bills on a case-by-case basis.
Leaders from the main parties, including the left-wing coalition, the conservatives and the far-right, indicated that a coalition government is not an option.
Macron dismissed the idea of a “national union” that includes all political forces in the government as “unjustified to this day.”