France in a zone of turbulence after the general elections

(Paris) Widespread negotiations began on Monday in Parliament, in the Elysée and in the parties to deal with the consequences of the earthquake of the general elections, which have turned the political landscape upside down, with the risk of an ungovernable country.

Posted at 10:46 am
Updated at 1:39 p.m

Gaelle GEOFFROY
Media Agency France

The next few days promise hectic for Mr. Macron before he gets into a tunnel of international obligations (European Council, G7, NATO summit) from Thursday.

The Council of Ministers scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed, as has Wednesday’s launch of the National Council for Refoundation, a vehicle for the “new method” of consultation advocated by the President.

A reshuffle is inevitable to replace the three ministers defeated on Sunday: Amélie de Montchalin for ecological transition, Brigitte Bourguignon for health and Justine Benin for the sea.

Emmanuel Macron, presented as the main loser of the election, remained silent at the Élysée, where he spoke over a luncheon with Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne and Ensemble!’s tenors Édouard Philippe and François Bayrou.

Only two months after his re-election, the head of state is already in front of the wall: Should he keep Élisabeth Borne in Matignon after a few weeks? And how can he politically reposition the government to try to secure an outright majority in the assembly?

“He is determined to continue to act in the best interests of French men and women,” declared his entourage simply.

“My fear is that the country will be blocked,” says government spokeswoman Olivia Grégoire, summarizing the fears of the executive. “It takes imagination, boldness, open-mindedness,” she said, echoing the idea of ​​an outstretched hand to “everyone who wants to move the country forward.”

But this call for “a majority of action”, launched by Elisabeth Borne on Sunday evening, was firmly rejected by the opposition, with the exception of a few elected officials from the right or centre-left.

With 245 MEPs, the Together! are far from an absolute majority with 289 out of 577 seats.

They are ahead of the Nupes, which according to an updated census by the AFP, which includes overseas MPs, will have at least 150 representatives in the Chamber, but without anticipating the election of the socialist dissidents and several elected various leftists.

Then come the National Rally, which achieved a historic breakthrough (89 seats), then the Republicans with an abstention rate of 53.79%.

“Blockade of reforms”

For LR Chairman Christian Jacob, “no question of pact, coalition or agreement of any kind” with the Macronists.

After a five-year tenure during which the head of state “trampled Parliament like never before, […] she now has a parliament that will not only consist of Playmobil,” warned Mathilde Panot, who was elected from the left-wing coalition Nupes and has already supported the resignation of Mme He carried and announced “a vote of no confidence” in his government.

The same relentlessness at the National Rally. Marine Le Pen has warned that she will “enforce the blockade of all reforms […] harmful, especially when you retire at 65″.

Differences in nupes

In the meantime, the left coalition must organize itself in the assembly.

But the first cracks appeared on Monday when the Socialist Party, the EELV and the PCF rejected Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s proposal to form a single political group.

“The left is plural […] Trying to eliminate this diversity is a mistake and I am against it,” said Socialist MEP Valérie Rabault.

A little earlier, Jean-Luc Mélenchon had expressed his fear that the status of the first opposition to Emmanuel Macron would be jeopardized by a dispersal of forces that would allow the RN to take the place.

Believing that the far-right party was the second most powerful, Marine Le Pen called for the presidency of the assembly’s finance committee to be returned to one of her deputies with enhanced powers.

A few hours after their election, the first MPs entered the assembly on Monday. With emotion for the newcomers. “I’m very touched,” confirmed Charles Rodwell, 25-year-old Yvelines deputy. Everyone expects hectic meetings. “Count on our offensive,” warned the insoumise Clémentine Autain.

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