France: Macron sticks to Prime Minister Borne

Status: 06/26/2022 02:29 am

A week after the parliamentary elections, French President Macron expressed his confidence in Prime Minister Borne and asked her to form a new government. A government capable of acting should be in place by the beginning of July.

French President Emmanuel Macron is sticking with Prime Minister √Člisabeth Borne even after losing the absolute majority in the parliamentary elections. Borne should begin consultations with the parliamentary groups represented in the National Assembly in the coming days, the president said.

As the broadcaster France Info reported on Saturday evening, Macron asked Borne to clarify with them whether they were ready to participate in the government, to express their confidence in the Prime Minister on July 5 and to vote for the draft budget.

Government should be in place by early July

A government capable of acting should then be in place by the beginning of July. As the Prime Minister announced on Twitter on Saturday evening, at Macron’s request, she would consult the parliamentary groups next week to find out what level of cooperation they were willing to cooperate with.

At the end of next week, she will propose a roadmap and an effective government that is ready to face the challenges ahead. The new government could also include representatives of other political groups willing to cooperate with the governing majority.

The President named tax increases and higher national debt as “red lines”. Macron emphasized his adherence to the planned pension reform. The French should “work longer, like all our neighbors are doing”. In addition, full employment should be achieved.

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Approaching the middle-class conservatives?

Since Macron’s center camp did not achieve an absolute majority in last Sunday’s parliamentary elections, but only a simple majority, a government requires the support of other groups. The largest opposition groups – the right-wing national Rassemblement National and the Left Party – have so far indicated little willingness to help Macron.

A rapprochement seems conceivable with the bourgeois-conservative R√©publicains. Macron ruled out a coalition with the far-left party La France Insoumise, as well as with the right-wing populists of Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National party.

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