In the deadlock, Emmanuel Macron puts his opponents face to face with their responsibilities

Gravity was in order. But not self-flagellation. Emmanuel Macron spoke this Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. after the slap in the legislative elections on Sunday. His camp not having obtained an absolute majority and no other party agreeing to create a binding alliance with him, he finds himself unable to govern in a sustainable manner, except by finding allies on a case-by-case basis. case, bill by bill, which is very unusual in France. The Head of State spoke before a series of international commitments, including the European Council this Thursday in Brussels where he will appear weakened.

The speech this Wednesday evening was short and firm. “I cannot ignore the strong abstention”, began the president before speaking of “collective responsibility” and numerous “fractures” in the country. From now on, “no political force can make the laws alone”, he noted. He then made a point of listing the options for ending the crisis, according to him: “widening the majority”, finding a “coalition contract” or being satisfied with a “text-by-text majority”. He noted that it was now necessary to “govern and legislate differently”, “in dialogue, listening, respect”. He ruled out the idea of ​​a government of national unity mentioned by some of his interlocutors since Tuesday evening.

The president’s hopes are therefore directed towards “a larger and clearer majority to act”, inspired by his dear “political overcoming”, all for the sake of “coherence of the presidential project” voted in April, according to him. He also held his opponents accountable, saying it was now up to the political groups to make it clear how much they wanted to engage in this process. A way of preparing for the moment when they will have to be blamed for more drastic decisions, such as a dissolution of the National Assembly?

Tour de table of political forces

The head of state spoke for the first time since the political crisis opened on Sunday. He decided to address the French after having completed his tour de table of political forces during the day, in search of a consensus. Emmanuel Macron received this Wednesday the national secretary of environmentalists, Julien Bayou, the deputy of La France Insoumise (LFI) Adrien Quatennens and his former prime minister, Edouard Philippe, boss of the Horizons party. These interviews followed those of Tuesday with the boss of the Republicans (LR) Christian Jacob, that of the PS, Olivier Faure, that of the communists, Fabien Roussel, as well as François Bayrou (MoDem) and Marine Le Pen.

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Following these discussions, Fabien Roussel had let it be known that the president was considering the constitution of a “government of national unity”. The president therefore dismissed this track on Wednesday evening. A track that the Head of State would also have mentioned to Marine Le Pen, who felt that “the situation” did not justify such a scenario. His supporters, on the other hand, spent their first day in the Assembly to ensure that they would be serious and constructive when the proposals would go in the direction of the “interests” of the French. A porosity between the center and the far right which did not fail to create controversy after months of appeal to the “republican front” against the RN.

On Tuesday, Emmanuel Macron had also refused the resignation of his Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, so that “the government could remain on task”. This did not prevent François Bayrou, an ally of the president, from suggesting that the head of government should be changed: “The times demand that the Prime Minister or the Prime Minister be political, [pour] that we do not have the feeling that it is technology that governs the country.”

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