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Macron asks the opposition to clarify whether they are ready to agree

Date: August 20, 2022 Time: 05:30:57

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday asked the opposition forces to clarify as soon as possible how far they are willing to commit themselves so that the country can be governed and laws can be enforced. Macron delivered a televised speech from the Elysee Palace. These are his first public words since his supporters, the Ensemble (Together) coalition, failed to confirm their absolute majority in the National Assembly last Sunday.

Those who expected some kind of radical decision, such as the appointment of a new prime minister, were disappointed. There was very little self-criticism, although the president said he would take into account the “desire for change” expressed in the legislative elections. At the same time, he recalled that he had won the presidential election in April, that citizens had restored confidence in him. It was a way to reaffirm their inviolable legitimacy, despite the subsequent failure in the elections.

Macron rules out forming government of national unity

The head of state acknowledged that the balance of power in the National Assembly required an expansion of the majority supporting it, which today is a relative majority, and that this could be done in two ways, either by coalition or by separate pacts in each law. Macron ruled out that one way is to form a government of national unity with all parties inside, as this is a formula for very exceptional situations. This is exactly what General de Gaulle did at the end of World War II.

The president tried to ease the crisis that began on Sunday, arguing that coalitions and pacts are necessary in many Western countries because no party has a parliamentary majority. The reality is that for France the situation is quite exceptional. Never since the birth of the Fifth Republic in 1958 has a newly elected president been immediately outnumbered in parliament. There was “cohabitation” with the opposition, but never such a fragmented assembly and the loss of the presidential majority just a few weeks before the re-election of the head of state.

“It will be necessary to build up obligations,” the president said, “by new methods. He hurried the parties and demanded “clarity and responsibility” from them. Macron will attend the European Council in Brussels on Thursday and Friday. Upon his return – and before new international summits in Bavaria, Madrid and Lisbon – Macron will assess the reaction of the parties and make new decisions. It is difficult, however, that the outcome of the crisis can happen so quickly.

The President rules out the possibility of raising taxes or increasing public debt

Among the most relevant projects, Macron named the law on saving purchasing power from inflation. However, the president warned that neither initiative should lead to higher taxes or higher public debt.

The leader of the left-wing coalition, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, immediately responded harshly to Macron and flatly rejected the president’s approach. Mélenchon called on Prime Minister Elisabeth Bourne to address the Assembly to explain her program and give a vote of confidence.


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