Emmanuel Macron's coalition expected to lose parliamentary majority

French President Emmanuel Macron casts his ballot Sunday, June 19, 2022 in Le Touquet, northern France. (Photo: AP)

Despite winning the most seats in the last round of legislative elections on Sunday, the centrist alliance of French President Emmanuel Macron was forecast to lose its majority. At the same time, the far-right National Rally appeared to have made significant gains.

Based on partial results, the forecasts indicate that Macron's candidates would win between 230 and 250 seats - significantly fewer than the 289 needed for a simple majority in France's most crucial legislature, the National Assembly.

If the forecasts come true, Macron's political maneuvering will be hampered by the circumstance, which is exceedingly unique in France.

With approximately 140 to 160 seats, a new alliance composed of the extreme left, the Socialists, and the Greens is anticipated to emerge as the main opposition party.

The National Rally is anticipated to experience a significant increase in attendance, with more than eighty seats, up from eight previously. Nationwide elections were held to choose the 577 members of the National Assembly.

Macron's platform, which includes tax cuts and extending France's retirement age from 62 to 65, is expected to be more challenging to accomplish in light of the strong performance of both the National Rally and the leftist coalition named Nupes, led by hard-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon.

Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne stated that the "unprecedented" scenario "is a risk to our country faced with challenges at the national and international levels."

"As the central force in the new Assembly, we will begin work on building an action-oriented majority tomorrow.

"There's no alternative but gathering to guarantee our country some stability and lead the necessary reforms."

Borne, who herself won a seat in western France, opined that Macron's centrist alliance would seek "good compromises" with parliamentarians from other political forces.

Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Rally, who lost the presidential election to Emmanuel Macron, was reelected in her northern French bastion of Hénin-Beaumont.

Le Pen stated, "The Macron adventure has reached its end," The group of National Rally politicians "will be by far the biggest in the history of our political family."

Acting National Rally president Jordan Bardella compared his party's performance to a tsunami.

"Tonight's message is that the French people made from Emmanuel Macron a minority president," he stated on TF1 television.

"It's the electoral failure of the 'Macronie,'" said Mélenchon, criticizing the "a moral failure of those people who lectured everyone non-stop and said they would block the far-right, and the main result is that they reinforced it."

The government of Macron will retain the authority to rule, but only through negotiations with legislators. The centrists could attempt to negotiate on a case-by-case basis with ministers from the center-left and the conservative party to prevent opposition ministers from being numerous enough to veto planned reforms.

The government might occasionally employ a specific constitutional provision to pass a law without a vote.

On France 2 television, government spokesman Olivia Grégoire stated, "we've known better evenings."

"This is a disappointing top spot but still the top spot.

"We are holding out a helping hand to all those who are OK to make that country move forward," she said, especially alluding to The Republican party, which is anticipated to have fewer seats than the far-right.

A similar situation occurred in 1988 with the presidency of the socialist Francois Mitterrand, who needed the backing of the Communists or centrists to enact measures.

These legislative elections have been characterized mainly by voter indifference, with more than half of eligible voters remaining at home.

Audrey Paillet, 19, who voted in Boussy-Saint-Antoine, southeast of Paris, was disappointed by the low voter turnout.

"Some individuals have battled for the right to vote. It is unfortunate that the majority of young people do not do it "She stated,

Macron made a highly scripted appeal to voters earlier this week from the tarmac before a trip to Romania and Ukraine, warning that an inconclusive election or hung parliament would endanger the nation.

"In these troubled times, the choice you'll make this Sunday is more crucial than ever," he remarked on Tuesday, as the presidential plane waited conspicuously in the background in preparation for a visit to French troops stationed in Ukraine. Adding French disorder to global chaos would be the worst possible scenario.

Some voters concurred and argued against selecting candidates gaining popularity on the political extremes. Others claimed that the French system, which offers vast authority to the President, should give the multifaceted parliament a more significant role and operate with more balances on the Elysee Palace and its occupant.

"I have no qualms with a National Assembly with a greater number of parties. I hope for a regime that is more parlamentarian and less presidential, as is common in other nations "Simon Nouis, an engineer who voted in southern Paris, stated.

Pierre Migozzi, a socialist supporter, started at the Nupes headquarters in Paris Sunday evening, and the results indicate that French politics have been reignited.

"There is a divide between people who want to guarantee the established order [Macron], people against free-market policies who want a new world turned toward the youth [Nupes], and people who recognise themselves in the National Rally's motto of being the party of the people."

The 26-year-old, who grew up in central France, expressed alarm over the far-performance, the right's stating that the National Rally "is not an answer" to the problems of the suburbs and rural areas of France.

Publish : 2022-06-20 08:19:00

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