On LCI, Elisabeth Borne said she was “very confident that we can find deputies to vote on texts because we have integrated their proposals”. The Prime Minister must dialogue this Friday with the political leaders of several opposition groups: the RN, LFI and ELLV.
Emmanuel Macron is struggling to get out of the situation born of the legislative elections, cornered by the opposition and held responsible by public opinion for the deadlock situation towards which Parliament is heading. During a visit to Brussels on Friday, the French president promised “compromises” in order to build coalitions with “the governing parties”. At a press conference at the European summit, the Head of State said he was in favor of “constructive majorities”, with agreements on legal texts to have “a clear agenda”. “I believe that’s what Italy and Germany are doing and that’s what we will do,” he added, saying he was “very confident.”
According to LFI deputy Manuel Bompard, Nupes will present joint candidacies for the various positions of responsibility in the National Assembly. PS boss Olivier Faure defended his “crazy bet” to rally within Nupes, which was rejected by many party figures.
Former environmental presidential candidate Yannick Jadot stressed that the Greens were “always ready to compromise” and did not rule out their participation, under conditions, in a possible “coalition” government to get out of the political crisis.
The 10th political group in the making in the National Assembly, comprising centrists and overseas deputies, will be “independent” and not in the majority. The Macronists are looking for support to obtain an absolute majority. But apart from LREM renamed Renaissance, MoDem and Horizons, all the other political groups at this stage are part of the opposition. The 10th group will be “a propositional opposition group”. “We will be useful to our fellow citizens: for their purchasing power, their health, democracy, freedoms and territories,” said one of its future leaders, Bertrand Pancher, elected official of the Meuse, in a statement to Agence France-Presse.
Anne Hidalgo (PS) calls on Emmanuel Macron to “say clearly what he wants to make a majority on”, estimating on TV5 Monde that “if there are subjects on which we can agree”, she will support him, but that his words after the legislative elections do not “reassure” her. Asked about possible support for the head of state, the mayor of Paris and former socialist candidate for the presidency underlines that if he “does not give more impetus to a truly ecological policy, of transition, of transformation, of ecological planning, I will not be able to support”. “If there are things we can agree on, obviously I’m a pragmatist. But, finally, what I heard during this campaign does not reassure me and what I heard from him on what he understood of the message of the French during the legislative elections does not reassure me much either, “says she in her first interview since her failure in the presidential election, the worst for the history of the PS, with 1.7% of the vote in the first round.
After a telephone conversation with Élisabeth Borne, the leader of the Insoumis deputies, Mathilde Panot, castigated on Friday a “rather lunar call with the Prime Minister”, whom she accuses of wanting “to govern by breaking and entering”. “When I ask if, as in all democracies, she is going to come before the National Assembly to make a general policy speech and ask for confidence, the response of the Prime Minister is this: ‘We’ll see,'” said the LFI deputy in the National Assembly. And to add: “We demand that the Prime Minister come before the Assembly to ask for a vote of confidence, because Ms. Borne cannot govern by breaking and entering” and “does not have the legitimacy” to continue her action.
Mathilde Panot, president of the LFI group at the Assembly, talks about a telephone interview with Elisabeth Borne “quite lunar. When I ask her if she will come before the Assembly to make a speech on general policy and ask for confidence, her answer is -we will see-“. pic.twitter.com/MZeQFVhsbx
During a visit to Brussels on Friday, Emmanuel Macron promised “compromises” in order to build coalitions with “the parties of government”. At a press conference at the European summit, the Head of State said he was in favor of “constructive majorities”, with agreements on legal texts to have “a clear agenda”. “I believe that’s what Italy and Germany are doing and that’s what we will do,” he added, saying he was “very confident.”
️ “We cannot at the same time consider that our Europe must be democratic and strong and deplore the fact that most governments and parliaments reflect the democratic vitality of our countries”, replies Emmanuel Macron to a journalist pic.twitter.com /ptqcISbsIR
Secretary of State for Development Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, the target of rape complaints, dismissed the charges on Friday, calling them “unacceptable and outrageous”. “The serious accusations against me, relating to medical clinical examinations carried out in order to diagnose and treat the illness of my patients, are unacceptable and outrageous,” she said in a statement sent by her lawyer. As a reminder, this 46-year-old gynecologist is the subject of two complaints of rape and a third complaint of violence without incapacity for work by a person responsible for a public service mission.
Four former patients denounce the ill-treatment they allegedly suffered during consultations carried out by Chrysoula Zacharopoulou. We were able to speak with two of them.
The deputies will be called to vote on Tuesday, June 28 at 3 p.m. for the President of the National Assembly, the fourth character of the State. The Minister of Overseas, Yaël Braun-Pivet, will be the majority candidate. The former president of the Law Commission at the Palais-Bourbon, re-elected deputy for Yvelines, is on track to succeed Richard Ferrand, who was defeated in the second round of legislative elections. It would be a first in France for a woman to become President of the Assembly.
Some 57% of French people still want Elisabeth Borne to leave Matignon, according to an Odoxa study for Le Figaro published on Thursday. The oppositions, including the Nupes, could bring it down thanks to a motion of censure. A potential approach that LFI MP Danièle Obono mentioned again on Twitter on Friday. “And a majority of the Assembly can force Macron to change it by voting against confidence (if they ask) or for a motion of censure (which we will then propose)!”
️ And a majority of the Assembly can force Macron to change it by voting against confidence (if they ask) or for a motion of censure (which we will then propose)!
The gynecologist and Secretary of State for Development, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, is the subject of a third complaint for violence without incapacity for work by a person responsible for a public service mission. The complaint was filed Thursday, June 23. The Daily program (TMC) collected the testimony of this patient, who says she suffered “gynecological violence” during an appointment in 2018 with Chrysoula Zacharopoulou to treat her endometriosis. The Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation on May 27 after the filing of two rape complaints against the Secretary of State.
Chrysoula Zacharopoulou: after two complaints of rape, the Secretary of State and gynecologist is the subject of a third complaint from a former patient and we were able to collect her testimony. pic.twitter.com/neZVxvPodQ