President Macron Rejects Borne’s Resignation

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French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne has tendered her resignation after the election defeat of President Emmanuel Macron’s party coalition. It is customary for the Prime Minister to leave after such a heavy political defeat. But Macron has not accepted her resignation.

 

He believes that “the government should continue to carry out its duties”. Macron says he is looking for “possible constructive solutions”. His party coalition Ensemble won only 245 seats in the National Assembly from 577 deputies in the parliamentary elections. He ruled until this week with a majority of 350 seats. Macron must now look for new allies or partners of tolerance.

He is therefore speaking with the leaders of all political parties to see what kind of government can come. He has the best chance with the centre-right Republicans who now have 61 seats.

The biggest winners in the parliamentary elections have always argued that Macron should disappear from the political stage because of what they see as disastrous policies. Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s radical left-wing coalition Nupes (New Ecological and Social People’s Union) won 131 parliamentary seats but does not form a cohesive whole.

The environmental party EELV and the communists have already announced that they do not want a united faction of the Nupes led by Mélenchon. Then the nationalist and populist Rassemblement National (National Assembly) of Marine Le Pen becomes the largest opposition party in the French House of Representatives with 89 seats. Mélenchon’s party, La France insoumise, (Unsubmitted France) has won nearly eighty seats.

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