Emmanuel Macron and his allies propose a government of national unity to overcome parliamentary deadlock After Sunday’s inconclusive election, even moderate politicians who were seen as most likely to accept faced a backlash.
The Elysee Palace announced that the French president will address the nation at 8 p.m. local time on Wednesday.
“What is on the table is a way to find a majority so that we can move forward with reforms and transform our country,” Olivier Véran, the minister in charge of relations with parliament, said on Wednesday.
Macron government, not a majority In Sunday’s election, he told the National Assembly it offered “all options”, including a broad coalition, because “we say the situation is serious and we have to be able to unite our forces and find areas of consensus” , Véran told BFMTV.
Without the support of some of his political opponents, including lawmakers from the conservative Republican or Socialist parties, Macron will struggle to push through any legislation to push through his economic reforms or address crises in France’s health and education systems.
Communist Party leader Fabien Roussel, who has joined the red-green coalition led by far-left politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon, said Macron met at the Elysee Palace on Tuesday He had suggested the establishment of a government of national unity. When asked if Macron had made the same offer to her as leader of the far-right National Party, Marine Le Pen replied: “Yes.”
Le Havre mayor and former Macron prime minister, Edouard Philippe, joined the president in the legislative elections, describing the idea as a “grand coalition”, while François, another Macron ally who leads the centrist Modern party Belou said he had told the president that it was important to achieve “national unity” as much as possible.
Macron’s problem is that the two biggest opposition blocs in the newly elected National Assembly are Mélenchon’s New Ecological and Social People’s Union (Nupes), and Le Pen’s RN — groups dominated by hard-left and hard-right nationalist politicians that the liberal president will find Difficult or impossible to cooperate.
Véran has said that a handful of governments do not see themselves as working with La France Insoumise in Mélenchon (France Unbowed, the largest component of Nupes) or with the RN on the grounds that they do not have republican values. “Neither extreme left nor extreme right,” he said.
The rest are the more moderate parties in the conservative LR and Nupes, including the Socialists and the Greens, but so far have been reluctant to consider a deal with Macron unless specific laws are approved on a case-by-case basis.
LR President Christian Jacobs said he did not want to block the country’s institutions, but his MPs did not want a formal coalition deal with Macron.
“For obvious reasons, Macron had a hard time finding people to work with in the RN and most Nupes alliances,” said Martin Quencez, deputy director of the Paris office of the German Marshall Fund think tank. “In many cases they got elected on the anti-Macron platform.” But he added: “It’s not the end of the story, it’s still very volatile.”