After the legislative elections, Macron will seek to build a new majority in parliament while Le Pen is emboldened

Emmanuel Macron (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes) (GONZALO SOURCES/)

The French President, Emmanuel Macronwill meet tomorrow, Tuesday, with several parliamentary officials to start a round of consultations with the groups that have “vocation to constitute a group in the National Assembly”after the fragmented result left by the legislative elections.

The Elysee, seat of the French presidency, announced tonight that Macron will meet throughout the dayfrom ten in the morning and until after seven, with the main leaders of the ranks.

This Tuesday, he is scheduled to meet with Christian Jacobchairman of the conservative Republicans; Olivier Fauré, general secretary of the Socialist Party; the centrist Francois Bayrou; the general delegate of the Macronist party Stanislas Guerini; the leader of the extreme right Marine LePenand the communist Fabien Roussel.

The Council of Ministers, scheduled for this Tuesday, has been delayed by meetings with parliamentarians. according to the chain BFM-TVthe meetings will continue on wednesday to receive one by one all the leaders of the queue.

Guarantor of the institutions, the President of the Republic is determined to act in the interest of the French and the French as the depositary of the mandate that they have granted him”, sources close to the leader indicated on the French network, who has remained silent after knowing the electoral result.

The second round of the French legislative elections this Sunday left a National Assembly without a sufficient majority of the Government or the oppositiona stage unpublished in which the president will have to negotiate in order to govern.

Elisabeth Borne and Emmanuel Macron (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)
Elisabeth Borne and Emmanuel Macron (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes) (GONZALO FUENTES/)

the prime minister Elizabeth Borne summed it up neatly on election night: France lives “an unprecedented situation”. The Government is in a minority but the opposition is polarized into the extreme right (with an unprecedented figure of 89 deputies) and the left (with about 130), so it will not be possible to understand either.

Several senior officials from the left of Jean-Luc Mélenchonled by Nupes, the left-wing coalition that has won more than 130 seats, as Adrien Quatennens, They have already called for the resignation of Borne.

The unwritten rule that Macron applies to his ministers that they must win in their constituency in the legislative elections to remain in office, is going to take several ministers ahead. Also, in this second round, Borne has won in Calvados against his opponent, the leftist Noé Gauchard, but with a discreet 52 percent.

On this first post-electoral day, the fractures of the left-wing coalition have also been seen: Mélenchon’s call for the parties that make up Nupes to remain united to be the main opposition group and having greater weight has already been rejected by those responsible for other parties.

Jean-Luc Melenchon (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)
Jean-Luc Melenchon (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes) (GONZALO SOURCES/)

Mélenchon also seems to have been left alone in the possibility that he raised this Monday of launching a motion of censure against the Government of Élisabeth Borne at the beginning of July, once the parliamentary groups are formed and the activity starts.

But to work, this motion would have to be supported by an absolute majority, at least 289 deputiesit seems unlikely.

“This is not a common position in Nupes”, Faure said for his part after knowing Mélenchon’s will, also raised by other deputies such as Eric Coquerel, of La Francia Insumisa.

The election emboldened Le Pen

Marine Le Pen voting in the second round of the parliamentary election in France (REUTERS / Johanna Geron)
Marine Le Pen voting in the second round of the parliamentary election in France (REUTERS/Johanna Geron) (JOHANNA GERON/)

France was faced on Monday with a Marine LePen euphoric after the far-right candidates of her party shocked the political class and they contributed to President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance failing to win a parliamentary majority.

The surprising rise of the far right—along with a surge in support for far-left candidates— it undermines Macron’s leadership, threatens his plans to raise the country’s retirement age and cut taxes, and redefines France’s political landscape.

The match National Group Le Pen’s deputy did not win the two-round parliamentary election that ended on Sunday, but it did win more than 10 times the seats it won five years ago.

It is an outcome that Le Pen has dreamed of for a long time, the result of more than a decade of working to appeal to disillusioned working-class voters and cleanse his party of its racist image Y anti-semitic to be considered a party like any other. One that Le Pen hopes he can rule France one day.

Macron and Le Pen in one of the debates before the elections (REUTERS / Eric Feferberg)
Macron and Le Pen in one of the debates before the elections (REUTERS / Eric Feferberg) (POOL New /)

It was only in April that Le Pen lost the presidential election to Macron. But now it is her turn to brag, as she knows she can use the seats in the National Assembly to frustrate Macron’s internal agenda and even trigger a motion of censure.

Beaming with pride, Le Pen noted that the result is a “historical victory” and a “seismic event” in French politics. Anti-racist groups were quick to sound the alarm over his anti-immigration and anti-Muslim agenda.

The strong performance of both Le Pen’s party and Mélenchon’s coalition — made up of his ultra-left France Unsubmissive party, the Socialists, the Greens and the Communists — It will make it harder for Macron to implement the legislative agenda on which he was re-elected in May, which includes tax cuts and raising the retirement age from 62 to 65.

Macron is now a minority president”, Le Pen exclaimed jubilantly on Monday in Hénin-Beaumont, her stronghold in northern France. “His plan to reform the retirement system is buried”.

He said that the National Group will seek to preside over Parliament’s powerful finance commission.

National Association, formerly called National Front, has been a political force in France for decades. But the two-round voting system had so far prevented him from scoring big in parliamentary elections.

Le Pen’s party now has enough parliamentary presence to form a formal group in the National Assembly and ask for seats in other parliamentary committees, including defense and foreign policy.

The new Assembly will begin its functions on next week.

(With information from EFE and AP)

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