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Legislative: Borne’s resignation refused, parties consulted … what to remember from this day of political crisis

Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday asked his Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne to stay in place to expedite current affairs and began two days of consultations with the leaders of political parties to “identify constructive solutions” in the face of the risk of a paralysis of Parliament after the heavy setback suffered by the presidential bloc in the second round of legislative elections.

Elisabeth Borne, weakened by the sanction vote against the coalition Together! Sunday, who ends up far from the absolute majority with 245 deputies out of 577 in the National Assembly, submitted his resignation to the President of the Republic, who refused it “so that the government can remain on task”, according to the Elysium.

“France continues to move forward and the government (is) at work with its Prime Minister”said government spokeswoman Olivia Grégoire after an executive meeting led by Elisabeth Borne in the early afternoon.

Three ministers beaten during the legislative elections (Amélie de Montchalin for Ecological Transition, Brigitte Bourguignon for Health, Justine Benin for the Sea), should resign soon according to the rule enacted by the presidential camp.

At the same time, Emmanuel Macron received the president of LR (Les Républicains) Christian Jacob, the first secretary of the Socialist Party Olivier Faure as well as the president of the Modem François Bayrou and the general delegate of Renaissance (ex-LaRem), Stanislas Guerini. Representatives of the National Rally, the PCF, La France insoumise and ecologists from EELV were also invited to the Elysée.

These consultations, said the presidency, are intended “to identify possible constructive solutions in the service of the French people”. This attempt to put national affairs in order comes as Emmanuel Macron is due to begin an international sequence on Thursday which will see him participate in a European Council in Brussels, a G7 summit in Germany, another of NATO in Madrid, then a UN conference in Lisbon.

Bayrou calls for “approaching the National Union”

After his interview with Emmanuel Macron, François Bayrou launched a call for “get as close as possible to national unity”. “There are goodwill available”, assured the ally of the Head of State.

Christian Jacob reaffirmed that his party, likely with its 61 elected members to play a pivotal role in the Assembly, would reject “any logic of pact, coalition, or participation“. “Our proposals are on the table, it is up to the president himself to decide his choices,” he said.

The boss of LR clarified that his party would not vote for confidence in the government in the event of a vote in the Assembly following Elisabeth Borne’s general policy speech, a vote of confidence to which the Prime Minister is however not. outfit.

Emmanuel Macron “is forced into a ‘re-parliamentarization’ of political life and it’s pretty healthy to be accountable,” welcomed for his part Olivier Faurebefore his exchange with the Head of State.

Terminal has “zero legitimacy”, considers Mélenchon

On the side of La France insoumise (LFI), spearhead of the Nupes (union of the left), as of the National Rally, the two main opposition forces after the ballot on Sunday, we did not expect much from the discussions initiated by the President of the Republic.

“The French must be heard in what they have said (…), (Emmanuel Macron) cannot continue the policy he has led because this policy has not obtained an absolute majority”, estimated Marine Le Penwho will take the presidency of an RN group in the Assembly with 89 elected officials.

“Changing Elisabeth Borne to put someone else, that’s not what changes anything,” she added. “I fear that we will not find common ground,” said Manuel Bompard, LFI deputy for Bouches-du-Rhône, warning against any “DIY solution”.

“There is no majority for (Elisabeth) Borne, for the President of the Republic and there will not be. Sooner or later, we will have to come back to the voters,” he said. .

For the leader of La France insoumise Jean-Luc Melenchonwho went to the Assembly with the 75 LFI elected members of the new chamber for a group photo, fists raised for some, Elisabeth Borne has “zero legitimacy”. “It’s a democracy here, not a monarchy. It is not enough that the monarch has appointed someone for it to work. We’re just wasting our time before she leaves,” he said.

Elisabeth Borne “legitimate to act”, says Gabriel Attal

The “presidential majority behind Elisabeth Borne” is “legitimate to act, to try to find a way to protect the French” because it “has received (…) the largest number of seats in the National Assembly”, retorted the new Minister of Public Accounts, Gabriel Attal, at the end of the Matignon meeting.

The re-elected deputy Eric Woerth, ex-LR rallied to Emmanuel Macron during the presidential campaign, meanwhile announced to the Parisian his candidacy for the presidency of the National Assembly, whose election is scheduled for next Tuesday.

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