Choosing a new prime minister in France: a complex decision for the president

Choosing a new prime minister in France: a complex decision for the president
Choosing a new prime minister in France: a complex decision for the president

French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal announced that he would resign on Monday, following the results of the legislative elections. The next steps to appoint his successor are likely to be complex and lengthy, according to an expert.

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In an interview with TVA Nouvelles, Julien Tourreille, researcher in residence for the Observatory on the United States, recalled that the French Prime Minister had no obligation to announce his resignation, but that it is “a republican tradition.”

“While moving forward at the same time he is prepared to continue to exercise his functions as long as the situation requires, [Gabriel Attal] shows very well that we are in a completely new political configuration. Because even if it is a real surprise not to see the National Rally in the lead this evening, we find ourselves with three large political groups, more or less homogeneous […] who are almost equal within this new national assembly and very far from having an absolute majority,” he explained.

Now, the next step “will be to find an alternative figure, a politician or a politician who could exercise the role of prime minister.” This delicate task falls to the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron.

The challenge for the future prime minister will be to have a majority in the National Assembly, “or at least not to have a majority against him,” Mr. Tourreille stressed.

A complex and long choice

Even if the left-wing alliance is leading the results of these legislative elections, “nothing obliges Emmanuel Macron to elect a prime minister who would be elected from this new Popular Front,” the expert recalled.

For him, the game of alliances and the structuring of this new National Assembly “will take time.”

Among the names that were mentioned by the left, we find that of François Hollande, former President of the French Republic. It was he “who had brought Emmanuel Macron to political prominence,” Mr. Tourreille stressed.

“He was known […] when he was first secretary of the Socialist Party, for his ability to manage what is called […] the different currents, to make sure that people who don’t like each other very much agree to work together.”

This hypothesis would have something “tasty and ironic” about it, added Julien Tourreille, who specifies that no deadline has been set for the choice of the future prime minister.

“The priority […] It will be a matter of reaching an agreement in order to be able, in the fall, to draw up a budget for next year.”

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