“No one won.” Macron writes to the French as his party proposes center-left-right alliance

Emmanuel Macron asks for “sincere and legal dialogue†from political forces “who recognize themselves in republican institutions, the rule of law, parliamentarism, European orientation and the defense of French independence†, with the objective of “building a solid, necessarily plural majority†. The French President, who has not spoken since the elections of July 30th and July 7th, expressed himself in a letter to citizens, published by the newspaper “Le Parisien†this Wednesday.

Macron recognizes that his proposal requires “leaving some time for political forces to build these commitments” before appointing a new prime minister. “No one won. No political force has obtained, on its own, a sufficient majority, and the blocs or coalitions resulting from these elections are all minorities,” emphasizes the head of state.

He sees in the ballot box’s verdict “a clear request for change and sharing of power†and remembers that “only republican forces represent an absolute majority†. They must, in their opinion, put “ideas and programs ahead of positions and personalities†, to find a pragmatic formula that “takes into account the concerns†expressed by the French when going to the polls.

Appearing to exclude participation in the National Regroupment (RN, by Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardella), writes Macron, addressing citizens: “Although the extreme right was ahead in the first round, with almost 11 million votes, you clearly refused to allow it to join the Government.â€. The President praises the “mobilization†and the “vitality†of the French people.

Rings for all (dis)tastes

On the same day, deputies from Macron’s Renaissance party (liberal center) defended a “project coalition that ranges from the Social Democrats to the right of the Government†. It closes the door, therefore, to the RN and Unsubmissive France (LFI), a radical left party headed by Jean-Luc Mélenchon and which is the dominant force of the New Popular Front (NFP), an agglomeration This forms the largest parliamentary bloc, which includes socialists, ecologists, communists and other progressives.

Conservative Prime Minister Jacques Chirac and Socialist President François Mitterrand attend a football match in 1982

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Another faction of Macronists preferred that the future government coalition not include the left, turning only to the Republicans (traditional right). The new parliamentary leader of this party, Laurent Waquiez, assures, however, that the traditional right “will not participate in government coalitions†. The Republicans have 39 of the 577 deputies, so not even adding them to the 159 of the Renaissance would they serve to reach an absolute majority (289).

The NFP has 180 seats and the extreme right 142, a figure that includes a part of the Republicans who decided to ally themselves with Le Pen. There are still a few dozen parliamentarians from smaller forces, both left and right, and even regionalists.

Attal continues to be the favorite

An understanding between the left (excluding the LFI), the President’s supporters and the traditional right would be preferred by the French, according to a survey published by the conservative newspaper “Le Figaro†. In it, 39% defend this way out of the political crisis; 34% prefer an alliance between macronists and the democratic right; 30% opt for a left-only coalition that includes the LFI; 25% prefer the entire left allied with the presidential center, without the right; and 24% want the entire left, center and right, leaving only RN out.

Furthermore, half of the respondents believe that if the NFP presents a candidate for prime minister agreed upon by the formations that make it up, Macron should nominate him. As for names, the list of preferences is headed by the current occupant of the position and resigned Gabriel Attal (38%), followed by Bardella (35%), Raphaël Glucksmann (center-left, 31%), François Ruffin (left, 26%), Olivier Faure (socialist 24%) and François Bayrou (center, 24%).

Mélenchon tries to calm Brussels

On the left, Mélenchon – who seems ruled out as a future prime minister – tries to assure the markets that it will not be problematic for the left to go into government. The NFP, its head assured during a visit to the European Parliament in Brussels, has “any interest in clashing head-on†with community institutions regarding budgetary rules. You want to balance the expenses you promised with more income. Taxes on large fortunes or changes to the corporate aid regime could be in the pipeline.

In June, the European Commission opened disciplinary proceedings against France for having recorded a deficit of more than 3% of gross domestic product (GDP). The rating agency Standard & Poor’s warns that the absence of a clear majority could hamper the action of the future Executive.

Also at the NFP, environmentalist deputy Sandrine Rousseau argues that a left-wing Government should not resort, like the Executives loyal to Macron, to article 49.3 of the Constitution to pass laws without subjecting them to a vote. §ions in Parliament. “It will be difficult and tedious, but we can achieve it,†he argues, listing euthanasia, neighborhood police, policies for the elderly and single-parent families or health reforms as subjects on which he believes it will be possible to form majorities in Parliament, if the case. She thus contradicts Mélenchon, who admitted using that device to revoke measures such as increasing the retirement age to 64, decreed by Macron’s decision in the last legislature.


Francesco Giganti

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