Macron calls for a ‘different’ method of governing after disappointing legislative voting

Written by Javed Iqbal

In a national speech on Wednesday, Macron said he recognized the “deep fractures” in the country.

“I can not ignore the fractures, the deep divisions that run through our country, and which are reflected in the composition of the new [National] Assembly, “he said.

French voters on Sunday elected a parliament without an absolute majority for the first time in decades, depriving Macron of the legislative backing he has had in his first term.

The president’s party remains the largest bloc, but now demands the cooperation of other political groups to pass legislation.

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Macron highlighted recent experience from Germany and Italy, saying that “no political force can make laws alone.”

“We must jointly learn to govern and legislate differently,” he added.

After meeting with the leaders of the political opposition blocs, Macron said the “majority” had expressed a desire to avoid a “blockade” in the National Assembly.

Macrons ensemble! block won 245 seats on Sunday, less than the 289 seats required for an absolute majority in the French National Assembly.

The left-wing coalition New Ecological and Social People’s Union (NUPES), a pan-left coalition led by far-left Jean-Luc MĂ©lenchon, came in second with 131 seats, according to Interior Ministry results.

At the other end of the political spectrum, Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally, meanwhile, won a record 89 seats, placing it in third place.

Macron loses absolute majority after historic advances for French far right and left

Macron, who won a second term in the April presidential election, will be the first incumbent French president without a parliamentary majority since a 2000 election reform.

He now enters an unknown territory with negotiation and compromise after five years of undisputed control.

His coalition is expected to try to form alliances with other political parties, including reaching out to the traditional right, which came in fourth place on Sunday.

France could be thrown into political paralysis if he fails to form alliances. But it could also mean that Macron will struggle to adopt its legislative agenda, including an unpopular plan to raise the retirement age, along with plans for deeper integration with the EU.

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