PARIS (AP) — Far-right leader Marine Le Pen said Monday that her party’s unusual surge in the country’s parliamentary elections was a “historic victory” and a “seismic event” for French politics.
In Sunday’s polls, many voters chose either far-right or far-left candidates, denying President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist coalition a direct majority in the National Assembly.
Le Pen’s national rallies won 89 seats out of 577 MPs, up from eight previously. On the other side of the political spectrum, the leftist Nupes coalition, led by hard-line Jean-Luc Mélenchon, won 131 seats and became the main opposition.
Macron’s centrist coalition is together! Wins the most seats – 245 – but is 44 behind the direct majority in the National Assembly, France’s most powerful parliament, the House of Representatives.
The outcome of the legislative elections is highly unusual in France, where the strong performance of Le Pen’s national rallies and Mélenchon’s coalition – made up of his own far-left party, the French Insubordination Party, the Socialist Party, the Greens and the Communist Party – will Making it harder for Macron to carry out his agenda for re-election in May, including tax cuts and raising the French retirement age to 65 from 62.
“Macron is now a minority president. … His retirement reform plan is buried. “This is a historic victory (…) an earthquake event. “
“We come into parliament as a very strong group, so we will demand all the positions that belong to us,” she told reporters. As the largest single party in parliament — Macron and Mélenchon both lead coalitions — she said the national rallies Will seek to chair parliament’s powerful finance committee, one of eight committees that oversee the state budget.
Prime Minister Elizabeth Bohn said late Sunday that Macron’s coalition would seek a “good compromise” with lawmakers from different political forces.
Macron himself has yet to comment on the election results.
His government is still capable of ruling, but only by haggling with lawmakers. The centrist could try to negotiate on a case-by-case basis with centre-left and Conservative lawmakers – aimed at preventing opposition lawmakers from being too numerous to reject the proposed measures.
The government can also sometimes use special measures enshrined in the French constitution to pass laws without a vote.
A similar situation occurred in 1988 under the socialist president Francois Mitterrand, when he had to seek the support of the Communist Party or centrists to pass laws.
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