Macron loses the majority in the elections as the French vote fragments

By Rek Hanibal Published on June 20, 2022
Macron loses the majority in the elections as the French vote fragments

He had called on voters to deliver a solid majority.
But his centrist coalition lost dozens of seats in an election that has left French politics fragmented.

The prime minister he had only recently appointed, Elisabeth Borne, said the situation was unprecedented.

A storm hit Paris as she returned to her Matignon residence from a long meeting at the presidential Élysée palace to say that modern France had never seen a National Assembly like this.

"This situation represents a risk for our country, given the risks we're facing nationally and internationally," she said. "We will work as of tomorrow to build a working majority."

That seems a stretch when the two other most prominent groups in the Assembly are not remotely interested in collaboration. Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire was adamant that France was not ungovernable but said it would require a lot of imagination.

Far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon was enjoying his success in bringing mainstream parties from the left with, Communists and Greens into an alliance called Nupes.
He told supporters that the presidential party had suffered a total rout and every possibility was now in their hands.

Meanwhile, Marine Le Pen and her far-right National Rally party were also in a jubilant mood after turning eight seats into 89. The people had spoken, she said: Emmanuel Macron's adventure was over, and he had been consigned to a minority government.

If the prime minister was looking to the right-wing Republicans to help build a working majority, their message was not immediately encouraging. Party chairman Christian Jacob said the result was a "stinging failure" for a president now paying for cynically weaponising France's extremes.

He's not Jupiter anymore, said Dominique Rousseau, professor of constitutional law, referring to an earlier nickname ridiculing Mr Macron's supposed desire for power.
"For Mr Macron, these five years will be all about negotiations and parliamentary compromise,".

It was all so different in April when he defeated Marine Le Pen convincingly and won a second term as president. He had more than 300 seats, but to maintain the outright majority, he needed 289 - and fell well short with 245.

More than half of the voters abstained, with a turnout of 46.23%.
Among the ministers to lose their seats was Health Minister Brigitte Bourguignon, who lost to her far-right opponent by just 56 votes.

Green Transition Minister Amélie de Montchalin was also defeated, but another critical figure, Europe Minister Clément Beaune, survived despite losing in the first round.

One of Mr Macron's closest allies, the president of the Assembly Richard Ferrand, conceded victory to his Nupes rival Mélanie Thomson. Another casualty came on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, where a secretary of state, Justine Benin, lost her seat.

Rek Hanibal

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