After the legislative elections | Macron calls for “concessions” and rejects the unity government

(Paris) “Learning to govern differently”: Emmanuel Macron, on Wednesday, surrounded the “dividments” shown by the result of the legislative elections and stressed that he wanted to “construct concessions” with his opponents, urging them to “clarify” their positions. position by Friday evening.

Posted at 7:56 am
Updated at 4:31 PM.

Jeremy Marot
France media agency

His centrist proposal, articulated in that eight-minute televised address from the Elysee Palace and his first direct reaction since Sunday, was received quietly by the opposition, even if the head of state considered a national union government, a hypothesis he has tested with many leaders On Tuesday and Wednesday, it “has not been justified yet.”

The President of the Republic declared that “no political force can today make laws alone”, “a new reality”. Thus, “we must learn to govern and legislate differently,” he added, using the word “compromise” several times.

“I hear and I am determined to take into account the desire for change clearly requested by the country,” Emmanuel Macron said. “We will have to build concessions, enrichment, and adjustments, but we do so very transparently and in public if I may say so, out of a desire for unity and work for the nation,” he explained.

The president lobbied the opposition, from the New Popular, Environmental and Social Union (Nupes) to the National Rally (RN) via Les Républicains (LR), asking them “to say with complete transparency how far they are willing to go”, and this in the short term: “It will be It is necessary in the coming days to clarify the share of responsibility and cooperation that the various formations of the National Assembly are willing to do: enter into a government coalition and act (or) simply commit to voting on certain texts, our budget. ”

He gives them 48 hours: “We will start building this method and this new configuration” upon his return from the European summit on Thursday and Friday in Brussels, he said, while Thursday kicks off a diplomatic marathon after this meeting. , will also take him to the NATO summit and the G7 summit.

“Never lose the cohesion of the project”

Macron also noted that the legislative elections “made the presidential majority the first force”, warning of his determination not to “lose the coherence of the project I chose last April”, upon re-election.

Emmanuel Macron also emphasized that “from this summer” it will be necessary to adopt “a law for purchasing power and to work on better salaries, the first decisions to move towards full employment, strong choices on energy and climate, emergency measures for our health, whether it is our hospital or the pandemic.”

The leader of the United Left, Jean-Luc Melenchon, immediately reacted with skepticism: “There is no point in dismantling the reality of the vote by filling it with considerations and appeals of all kinds.” The former La France Insoumise (LFI) presidential candidate estimated that “the executive is now weak, but the National Assembly is strong in all the legitimacy of its last elections”.

He said he did not trust Macaroni to respect the texts put forward by the opposition, and again called on Prime Minister Elizabeth Bourne to gain confidence through a vote of MPs, and to resign if she did not get it.

RN chief and Lieutenant Jordan Bardella noted Marine Le Pen: “This is the first time that Emmanuel Macron’s arrogance has slowed down a bit: this change comes from the people, who made him a minority president.”

He was conciliatory: “Our strong group in the Assembly will be resolute but constructive, with the only compass for the interests of France and the French.”

Communist Fabian Roussel dismissed that his “talk about style is intended to disclaim his responsibility and not change anything of his project,” while socialist Olivier Faure said, “No, political formations do not have to answer him even ‘where they are’” re willing to go to give him a check on whiteness.


On the right, the new leader of LR MPs, Alan Marlex, declined a “blank check, plus an unclear draft.” He also promised that his group would make proposals on purchasing power next week.

Environmentalist leader Julian Bayou judged LCI’s “mysterious” letter. “The president says he wants to act on the climate, we don’t believe him,” he said, adding that Nobis would make proposals on the matter.

As for Elizabeth Bourne, she spoke to the deputies of the majority assembled at Bourbon Palace:e The Republic and we must look at it.” This situation requires two conditions, according to the Prime Minister: “to go beyond our usual frameworks” and to preserve the unity of the Macrons.

Emmanuel Macron completed his round of political forces on Wednesday trying to find a way out by receiving EELV National Secretary Julien Bayou, LFI Deputy Adrien Quatennens and Edouard Philippe, president of the Horizons party. On Tuesday he welcomed Christian Jacob (LR), Olivier Faure (PS), François Bayrou (MoDem) and Marine Le Pen (RN).

For 71% of French, the fact that the president of the republic does not have an absolute majority in the House is good for democracy and debate, according to a BFMTV/L’Express Elabe poll published on Wednesday. 44% support conducting negotiations according to draft laws, and only 19% support a national unity government. Finally, 17% want a coalition agreement between the majority and one or more opposition camps.

Crisis and doubts do not exclude the majority. François Bayrou suggested that the prime minister be changed, believing that “the era requires that the prime minister or the prime minister be a politician, and that we do not feel that this is the technology that governs the country.”

Elizabeth Bourne will receive the heads of assembly groups next week, a way for the executive branch to show that she is still in office for now, even if her situation appears precarious.

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