Three days after suffering a severe political blow to his party’s parliamentary majority, French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday proposed “different legislation” based on compromises between various political forces.
Macron gave a televised public speech, after two days of consecutive meetings with the leaders of rival parties, in an attempt to show his readiness for dialogue. But these opponents seem determined to stay in opposition to Macron and are not eager to collaborate or compromise with him.
“We must collectively learn to govern and legislate in different way, “Macron said in his speech, offering to” build some new concessions with the political movements that make up the new assembly. “
And he added: “It shouldn’t mean (political) stagnation. It should mean agreements.”
It came hours after far-right leader Marine Le Pen made a grand entrance into the National Assembly alongside dozens of lawmakers from her National Rally party, which won 89 seats in Sunday’s election.
Macron’s Ma’an alliance has won the most seats – 245 – but that’s 44 seats in less than the 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, tax cuts and raising the minimum retirement age from 62 to 65. His government can still govern, but only by negotiating with lawmakers.
The president retains control of foreign policy.
Macron heads to a series of world summits on Thursday that are expected to focus on war in Ukraine.
In the same context, Macron said that the formation of the National Assembly echoes “deep cracks and divisions in our whole country “.
“I think it is possible … to find a larger and more visible majority to act,” he added.
He then listed a number of measures included in his policy platform, indicating he had no plans to fundamentally change his policies.
Macron urged political parties to announce within the next couple of days whether they are ready to form a ruling coalition or are committed to voting on certain bills on a case-by-case basis.
Leaders of major parties, including the left coalition, conservatives and the far right, have indicated that a ruling coalition is not an option.
Macron rejected the idea of a “national union” that includes all political forces in the government as “unjustified to date”.
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