French opposition tells ‘arrogant’ Macron: Compromise to win support

21/6/2022 6:42:00 PM

French opposition tells ‘arrogant’ Macron: Compromise to win support

French opposition tells ‘arrogant’ Macron: Compromise to win support

PARIS, June 21 —French opposition leaders told beleaguered President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday that they would not make life easy for him as he sought a way to avoid political...

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Tuesday, 21 Jun 2022 10:59 PM MYT PARIS, June 21 —French opposition leaders told beleaguered President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday that they would not make life easy for him as he sought a way to avoid political paralysis after this weekend's election setback in parliament.Macron should fire his prime minister, some opponents said, after he earlier refused to accept her resignation, review his reform plans and drop his top-down approach to power.But they will be well short of the absolute majority needed to control parliament, near-final results showed.While he enjoyed full control over parliament over the past five years, Macron now needs to find support from opponents, after disaffected voters angry over inflation and his perceived indifference delivered a hung parliament on Sunday.Martin Kallen, general director of Uefa Events, who are in charge of the body’s commercial events, told a hearing at the French Senate, which is investigating the incidents, the figure was much lower.It will not be easy.Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire called the outcome a"democratic shock" and added that if other blocs did not cooperate,"this would block our capacity to reform and protect the French.The election result may herald an era of political instability not seen for decades in France.Subscribe to Mid-day email alert We deliver news to your inbox daily.

"I told the president that it was out of the question to enter into a coalition deal, that would be a betrayal of our voters," Christian Jacob, leader of the conservative Les Republicains, said after meeting Macron, whom he had earlier described as"arrogant.There is no set script in France for how things will now unfold.." Les Republicains provide the most obvious place for Macron to find support.The conservatives' economic platform is largely compatible with Macron's, including his plans to raise the retirement age by three years to 65."The result is a risk for our country in view of the challenges we have to face," Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said, while adding that from Monday on, Macron's camp will work to seek alliances.However, the conservatives, whose past presidents include Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac, have so far ruled out a formal German-style coalition pact.“We don’t believe it’s the number mentioned in France, which was more or less 30,000 to 40,000,” he added.Even so, Jacob said his party would be"responsible," seemingly opening the door to potentially messy bill-by-bill negotiations."The rout of the presidential party is complete and there is no clear majority in sight," hard-left veteran Jean-Luc Melenchon told cheering supporters.

But even then, he stressed, it was up to Macron to make the effort to take their proposals on board."Wasting our time" Jean-Luc Melenchon, a hard-left veteran who united the left in an alliance that won the second-biggest number of MPs, told reporters that Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne had to go." ALLIANCES? United behind Melenchon, leftwing parties were seen on course to triple their score from the last legislative election in 2017.“The reasons are numerous: a transport strike, poor reaction from stewards, police, there were delinquents and an extremely big flux of people in front of the stadium without a ticket or with fake tickets,” he added."We're just wasting our time," he said bluntly, in a sign of how combative his camp plans to be.The Elysee said Borne had tendered her resignation but that Macron had refused so that the government could keep working.That would be the party's biggest-ever representation in the assembly.Nonetheless, the wording of the Elysee statement hinted it could be only a temporary reprieve, at a time where much is in the air.“We thought the investigation would take a minimum two to three months,” Kallen said.

Macron has not spoken publicly since the election.Macron became in April the first French president in two decades to win a second term, as voters rallied to keep the far-right out of power.Francois Bayrou, a close, center-right ally, said after meeting Macron that the president was"thinking things through" and that it would take time.No quick solution appears to be at hand and from Thursday Macron will be distracted by a week of international meetings abroad, including EU, G7 and NATO summits.His ability to pursue further reform of the euro zone's second-biggest economy hinges on winning support for his policies from moderates outside his alliance on both the right and left.— AFP Advertisement.Compromise Marine Le Pen, whose far-right National Rally now has 89 MPs, from eight in the previous legislature, stressed that Macron must hear what her party has to say and"cannot continue the policy he has led (so far)." Olivier Faure, leader of the Parti Socialiste, which joined the left-wing Nupes bloc ahead of the election, said his party could back some policy proposals - but only if Macron took on board their ideas."There are moderates on the benches, on the right, on the left.

"We have had a so-called Jupiterian period when the president decided alone and where he was not accountable to anyone," Faure told reporters."From now on.Les Republicains' platform is more compatible with Ensemble than other parties...Christian Jacob, the head of Les Republicains, said his party will remain in the opposition but be"constructive", suggesting case-by-case deals rather than a coalition pact.he is forced into accepting a bigger role for parliament.

.Macron had appealed for a strong mandate during a bitter campaign held against the backdrop of a war on Europe's eastern fringe that has tightened food and energy supplies and sent inflation soaring, eroding household budgets..and it's rather healthy that he be accountable, negotiate, seek points of agreement.Melenchon also calls for disobedience towards the European Union." The pro-European president who wants to deepen EU integration, make the French work longer, and build new nuclear plants, wants this week's talks with the opposition"to identify possible constructive solutions," the Elysee palace said.If Macron fails to secure support to get laws adopted, France could face a long spell of political gridlock that may later on compel him to call a snap election - an eventuality Manuel Bompard, a lawmaker in Melenchon's party, forecast would happen"sooner or later".

A government insider said it was not in Macron's interests to call a snap election now, but that"it is a card to play in the event the country is paralysed." — Reuters Advertisement.

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