Macron counts on cooperation with the opposition on urgent issues

Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron

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Three days after his electoral alliance was defeated in the parliamentary elections, French President Emmanuel Macron has expressed confidence in working with the strengthened opposition

Three days after the defeat of his electoral alliance in the parliamentary elections, France’s president Emmanuel Macron confident of being able to work with the strengthened opposition. There is a willingness “to make progress on important and urgent issues,” said Macron in a TV speech in Paris on Wednesday. Representatives of the opposition have signaled their willingness to make progress on issues such as the cost of living, jobs or energy and climate policy.

It was Macron’s first public reaction to the outcome of the parliamentary election on Sunday, in which his alliance ensemble had lost the absolute majority. “As in most Western democracies, such as Germany or Italy and many others, no political force can now pass laws alone,” said the President.

About 30 out of 577 seats would have been missing to get an absolute majority. The aim now is to increase the majority, “either through a coalition agreement or through majorities depending on the legal text,” said Macron. “We have to learn to govern differently and to make laws,” stressed the President.

In the past two days, Macron had received representatives of the most important parties for one-to-one talks, including the communist Fabrice Roussel and the right-wing populist Marine Le Pen, future leader of the largest opposition faction. “Everyone has assured me of respect for our institutions and that they want to prevent the country from being blocked,” said Macron.