Emmanuel Macron admitted that France has “deep divisions”, as he tries to avoid political impasse after his party lost its parliamentary majority.
The French president addressed the nation and said that party leaders in the country must learn to compromise. He would also seek to create a working majority in the next weeks.
He stated that he could not ignore the fractures and deep divisions in our country, which are reflected in the composition (National) Assembly.
“We will need to clarify over the next few days what level of responsibility and cooperation each formation in the National Assembly is prepared to accept.”
Macron dismissed the notion of a “national Union” that would encompass all political forces within the government, stating that it was “not justified to date”.
Some ministers of his have stated unambiguously that they would not work with Marine Le Pen’s extreme-right party National Rally.
The French president stated that he would attend the EU summit for the next two days. It was up to political leaders to decide “how far they are willing to go”.
Jean-Luc Melenchon, the far-left leader, immediately dismissed Macron’s speech and called it “ratatouille”.
He urged Elisabeth Borne, the French Prime Minister, to present her government’s roadmap for a parliamentary vote.
“There can be no other reality than this: The executive is weak, and the National Assembly strong,” Mr Melenchon stated.
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Macron, who was reelected in April as president, had full control of parliament from 2017 to Sunday’s results.
After two days of meetings back-to-back with leaders from rival parties, his televised speech was recorded.
These rivals seem determined to oppose Mr Macron and are not willing to compromise or work with him.
Ms Le Pen was seen at the National Assembly earlier on Wednesday with newly elected members of her National Rally party. They achieved a historic score, scoring 89 seats.
Together! The alliance won 245 seats – 44 less than the majority in France’s most powerful house.
The main opposition force is Nupes, a leftist coalition of leftists, founded by Jean-Luc Melenchon (hard-left firebrand), with 131 seats.
It will be harder for Macron to fulfill his campaign promises, such as tax cuts, purchasing power and raising the minimum retirement age to 65.
His government has the power to govern, but only if it bargains with legislators.