Parliamentary elections in France: Prime Minister Borne offers to resign
Status: 06/21/2022 1:33 p.m
After talks about a possible government participation, the conservative Republicans gave French President Macron a clear rejection. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Borne offered her resignation – which Macron rejected.
French President Emmanuel Macron has rejected a resignation request from Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne after his debacle in the general election. He wanted her to stay in office and the government to remain able to act, it said from the Élysée Palace. A request for resignation by the incumbent government after the parliamentary elections in France is common and more of a formal act.
Looking for solutions
Meanwhile, in the morning, Macron has started holding successive talks with the leaders of the parties represented in parliament to explore possibilities for constructive cooperation or coalition.
The program includes one-hour meetings with Christian Jacob (leader of the conservative Republican party), Olivier Faure (general secretary of the Socialists), Stanislas Guérini (of Macron’s own Renaissance party), and Marine Le Pen (the long-standing party leader and future group leader of the right-wing populist party). Rassemblement National) and with Fabien Roussel (Communist party leader).
dismissal of conservatives
The Republicans gave the first rejection. His party will “neither enter into a pact nor a coalition,” said party leader Jacob. “I’m not German, we have a different political system,” Jacob had previously told the France Inter broadcaster. In France, coalitions have so far been unusual. Former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s Conservative party leadership quickly made it clear that they wanted to remain in opposition. “We’re not the spare wheel,” stressed Jacob.
The cabinet meeting originally scheduled for today has been cancelled. Prime Minister Borne called a meeting with the ministers in the afternoon, the newspaper “Le Parisien” reported.
An exceptional situation
The situation in France is now a special one. Because in Sunday’s election, the president’s centre-camp did not receive an absolute majority, but only a simple majority, a situation that has not existed in France for more than 30 years.
Macron’s Ensemble Alliance received 245 seats in the second round of voting. 289 seats would have been required for an absolute majority, so far Macron’s camp had 350. According to the official final result, the left-wing alliance Nupes around Jean-Luc Melenchon has 131 seats, the extreme right around Marine Le Pen has 89, and the conservatives have 61 MPs.
The constellation with coalition governments that is usual in Germany has not existed in France for decades. The result could result in a political stalemate and new elections.
Macron now faces the difficult search for partners in Parliament. So far, no path to a sustainable majority has been identified. The only traditional party that could shore up Macron’s ensemble after losing an absolute majority would be the conservatives Les Republicains. However, their boss Jacob said yesterday that a coalition or a cooperation agreement was “almost uniformly” rejected in the ranks of the party.
Resistance to reforms?
But it’s not just the search for partners, it’s also about the reforms. For Macron’s electoral alliance, the implementation of his reform plans is now becoming more complicated. The government has already warned of a blockade in the country.
The right-wing populist Le Pen, who will probably lead the largest opposition faction in the future, demanded several key positions in parliament for her Rassemblement National. Like the left-green electoral alliance, she announced Nupe’s opposition to Macron’s reform plans.
A government bill to cushion the higher cost of living is likely to be a first test in just over a week, when the new parliament meets for the first time. The fight against inflation is now a priority for many voters.
However, the positions of the major parties differ on many important issues. Among other things, Macron wants to raise the retirement age and promote a business-friendly agenda and the integration of the EU. Meanwhile, Melenchon has campaigned to lower the retirement age from 62 to 60, freeze prices and ban companies from laying off workers if they pay dividends.