France: Macron faces impasse as consultations continue

After debacle in legislative elections Sunday

22 June, 14:33

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, JUNE 22 - Avoiding a paralysis in Parliament has become key in France after the debacle of the presidential coalition of Emmanuel Macron in legislative elections Sunday as the president continues consultations with different political forces to search for a difficult majority in the National Assembly.

    Macron has so far remained silent. He could talk on Wednesday evening, before a European Council on Thursday and Friday in Brussels. "It is one of the possibilities of the day", a government source in Paris has said. After talks yesterday with the leader of the Républicains, Christian Jacob (who for the moment refuses a government pact with Macron), Socialist leader Olivier Fauvre, the head of the Front National, Marine Le Pen and leader of the Communist party, Christian Rousssel, the French president received in the morning the head of Europe Ecologie-Les Verts Julien Bayou, the whip of France Insoumise Mathilde Panot and his former premier, Edouard Philippe, who now heads the party Horizons which supports the majority.

    During talks, according to several sources including Roussel and Le Pen, Macron yesterday evoked the hypothesis of a government of "national unity". For his part, Philippe has invoked a "large coalition" to give the country a "stable direction". For his part, the minister of relations with Parliament Olivier Véran is ruling out that the Rassemblement National and La France Insoumise can enter any majority, because - he said - they don't belong to the "republican arch".

    (ANSAmed).

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