President Emmanuel Macron, who lost the absolute majority in the National Assembly, said he was “very confident” on Friday of being able to build “constructive majorities”, as in Germany or Italy, with “all the parties of government”.
“I believe that’s what Italy and Germany are doing and that’s what we’ll do, what we’ll do with all the governing parties, to be able to build either a coalition or (some) agreements on texts to move forward on a clear agenda”, he declared after a European summit in Brussels.
France “knows how to make compromises, including yours truly”, he added during a press conference, promising to work “with a lot of heart, will and optimism” in this direction.
“I am very confident because I believe in the good will of the women and men who are there to represent the nation”, who have “different sensitivities but are part of the republican field and the desire to govern, to do advance the country”, he hammered, without specifying which party he included.
LFI number 2 Adrien Quatennens said on Wednesday that Emmanuel Macron had “confirmed to him that, as far as he was concerned, he considered that rebellious France was indeed in the republican field”.
Government spokeswoman Olivia Grégoire had said that it was “not on the program” to agree with the rebellious.
The Head of State endeavored to put the political situation in France into perspective after the legislative elections, noting that it was the common lot of many European countries and that the presidential camp, with 245 seats out of 577, was closer to an absolute majority than in many other Member States.
“France is in a parliamentary situation which it knew moreover in 1988, with few things of difference, but (which) is especially horribly banal at European level”, he launched, noting that on 27 EU member states, “twenty” have coalition governments, “some with five, six, seven partners”, and others “minority governments”.
“Even if in France, there is a relative majority in Parliament today, it appears to be very important compared to many other parliamentary systems with a pure proportional system”, he continued.
In his speech to the French on Wednesday, Emmanuel Macron estimated that he had “missed around thirty deputies out of 577” in his camp, without explaining, when de facto, 44 are missing to reach an absolute majority (289).
The president also rejected any idea of a loss of leadership for Europe due to the political situation which has become very uncertain in France, one of the founding countries and pillars of the EU.
“I think Europe has leadership,” he said, even believing that this need for dialogue and compromise “strengthens” it. “It just gives us more work.”
24/06/2022 21:39:52 – Bruxelles (AFP) – © 2022 AFP