Emmanuel Macron is now a crippled President


PARIS – At the end of the second round of the legislative elections in France, the president Emmanuel Macron he did not find the “solid” majority he was asking for at the polls. The macronist forces of Ensemble! they got 245 deputies, far below the threshold of 289 required for a stable government. Thus the head of state will now be forced to find new allies, and therefore to compromise, to implement a program already made obsolete by the new balance of power in the National Assembly. “An unprecedented situation” that “constitutes a risk for our country”, commented the prime minister, Elisabeth Borne, who was re-elected.

On the other hand, yesterday’s vote sanctioned the success of the opposition forces to the president, the left-wing alliance Nupes of Jean-Luc Melenchon and the Rassemblement national of Marine Le Pen. According to the results communicated by the Ministry of the Interior, Nupes will have 131 seats, while the right of Marine Le Pen leaps from eight deputies to 89. Republicans won 61 seats; the left left out of Mélenchon’s coalition will have 22 representatives. Outside the Assembly, however, the far right of «Reconquête!». The second round abstention rate was 53.77%, up from the first round record (52.49%). Participation reached 46.23%, compared to 42.64% in 2017 and 55.4% in 2012.

“This does not allow for a clear majority,” executive sources noted last night. “It is a disappointing result, but no other majority emerges. The legislative elections do not renew either the presidential elections or the mandate entrusted to the president on his program ». Except that, in order to implement it, the agreements must now be changed, Le Figaro points out. And Macron seems to have understood this already after the first exit polls. “He is determined to act, strengthened by the mandate given to him by the French and serene, with the desire to go forward for the country”, assured his main collaborators after a meeting at the Elysée with Élisabeth Borne, Édouard Philippe, François Bayrou, Stanislas Guerini and Clement Beaune.

But if the slap is hard for Macron, the victory is lukewarm for Mélenchon. The result of him, although positive, is below expectations. What weighs in the National Assembly, however, is the fact that Nupes will have the role of the first opposition group. He will then be able to reclaim the presidency of the Finance Committee, but he must certainly renounce the request to occupy Matignon. The one who can rejoice is Marine Le Pen. The performance of Rassemblement national is exceptional and unprecedented in the hemicycle.

Melanchon proposes a single group: no from the Left

The leader of the French left-wing coalition, Jean-Luc Melenchon, has proposed the constitution of a single group in the National Assembly, but the proposal, writes Le Monde, does not convince the left. After an unexciting result in the presidential elections, for the legislative elections, which ended Sunday, the various left-wing parties (France insoumise, green, socialist and communist) coalesced in the New Ecological and Social Popular Union (Nupes) led by the leader of France insoumise ( rebellious France).

The idea has always been that, once the vote was over, each party would create its own distinct parliamentary group, but today Melanchon launched an alternative proposal, that of creating a single group. The reason, he said, is that the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron, who came out of the legislatures without an absolute majority, would have launched a general solicitation operation and that, in particular, the Macronians are ready to install the National Front at the commission of finances. The presidency of this important commission of the National Assembly is traditionally assigned to the main opposition party: if the four Nupes parties formed a single parliamentary group it would be up to them, if they were divided it would be up to the first opposition group, the far right party. by Marine Le Pen (Rassemblement National, actually, no longer Front National).

According to Melenchon, the idea of ​​a single group would be an element of clarification in the advancing chaos. And it doesn’t prevent each party from having a delegation. And therefore not a fusion, which cancels the identities that remain distinct, but you have to put yourself in a combat combination. Shortly after Melenchon’s declaration, however, his three partner parties rejected this hypothesis and reminded France Presse that they intend to stick to the agreement before the vote: each for himself.


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