Legislative elections in France | The left claims Matignon

(Paris) Having come out on top in the legislative elections, but far from an absolute majority, the left assured on Monday that it would propose “during the week” a name for Matignon where Gabriel Attal, who presented his resignation, was kept on to “ensure the stability of the country”.


Published at 7:33 a.m.

Updated at 11:00 a.m.



Antoine MAIGNAN and Gabriel BOUROVITCH

France Media Agency

The doors of the Assembly opened at 2 p.m. (Paris time) to welcome new deputies. No camp seems able to govern alone: ​​neither the New Popular Front (around 190 seats), nor the presidential camp (around 160 seats), nor the RN and its allies (more than 140 seats) obtained an absolute majority in the National Assembly (289 deputies).

Taking note of this result, outgoing Prime Minister Gabriel Attal presented his resignation to Emmanuel Macron, who asked him to remain in office “for the moment” in order to “ensure the stability of the country” while France is due to host the Olympic Games from July 26.

But the left is trying to impose its own pace. The leader of the environmentalists, Marine Tondelier, said that Emmanuel Macron “should call today” on the left “to give him the name of a prime minister.”

The socialist Olivier Faure, for his part, hoped that the New Popular Front (NFP) “could be in a position to present a candidacy” for Matignon “during the week”.

But the latest statements by Insoumise leader Mathilde Panot risk crystallizing tensions within the fragile union: Insoumise has judged that the controversial leader of LFI Jean-Luc Mélenchon “is absolutely not disqualified” for this position.

In the Assembly, speculation was rife when the first deputies arrived. Re-elected in Landes, the former leader of the PS group Boris Vallaud stressed that the socialists have “things to say and responsibilities to take”, perhaps at Matignon or at the rostrum of the Assembly.

” Several weeks ”

The Macronists, for their part, continue to plead for a coalition, “with the entire Republican arc, not LFI, not the RN,” insisted the former leader of the Renaissance deputies Sylvain Maillard. “All the other deputies are called upon to build this relative majority. It will take several weeks,” he assured the press.

According to a parliamentary source, around twenty-five deputies from the presidential camp had lunch with Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, and want to turn to the right of the chamber. Gérald Darmanin wants to avoid “having tomorrow at Matignon” the New Popular Front, explained deputy Mathieu Lefèvre, by calling on Macronie to ally itself with “the republican right” before addressing the “social democrats”.

The expansion to the right could be difficult, since Laurent Wauquiez, back on the national scene with his election in Haute-Loire, warned on Sunday evening that there would be “neither coalition nor compromise” on the part of LR.

MoDem leader François Bayrou, for his part, considered it “possible” to form a majority without RN or LFI, and seemed to be banking on a division of the left, pointing out “incompatible attitudes and political choices” within the New Popular Front.

Calculations contested by Marine Tondelier: “Those who tell us that they will have a majority without LFI did not have the same maths teachers as me […] I don’t see how that’s possible.”

“We’ll have to discuss”

Even if it means adding fuel to the fire of the National Rally, Emmanuel Macron must “decide whether he should appoint a far-left prime minister, and then good luck with the confidence vote, good luck with building a budget,” noted the vice-president of the far-right party, Sébastien Chenu, on France Inter.

Within the Le Pen party, Jordan Bardella admitted to “errors” during his camp’s campaign and “assumed” a “share of responsibility” in the “defeat”. The president of the RN, who came in third place, notably acknowledged poor choices in certain investitures of controversial candidates, whose past remarks or behaviors have disrupted the end of the campaign.

The RN group is planning a group arrival at the Assembly on Wednesday morning.

On the other side of the hemicycle, the Insoumis will go to the Palais Bourbon this Tuesday morning. They intend to implement the NFP program, from the repeal of the pension reform to the minimum wage at 1600 euros net.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon was inflexible on Sunday evening, saying that Emmanuel Macron should “go or appoint a prime minister” from the left-wing alliance.

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The founder of the left-wing party La France Insoumise Jean-Luc Mélenchon during the election evening on Sunday.

Unlike the social democrat Raphaël Glucksmann, who admitted that “we will have to discuss, we will have to dialogue” in the face of this “divided” and majority-less Assembly.

Despite the uncertainty of the situation, financial markets remained neutral on Monday morning, with the Paris Stock Exchange opening slightly down before returning to the green at midday.

Abroad, this second round was particularly scrutinized.

The German government expressed “some relief” after the RN’s poor performance, which was also welcomed by the Spanish and Polish prime ministers. For US President Joe Biden, the French have “rejected extremism”.

In Russia, on the other hand, the Kremlin “does not harbor any particular hope or illusion” after the results fell far short of the expectations of the French far right, often accused of being close to Moscow.

In the European Parliament, the National Rally also joined forces on Monday with the new radical right group of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to form the third force in Strasbourg.

Meanwhile in Paris, discussions will quickly begin in the National Assembly for the distribution of political groups and the allocation of key posts, with the election of its future president on July 18.

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