French President Emmanuel Macron has rejected the idea of forming a national unity government, according to a speech revealed on Wednesday evening.
The Government of National Unity is a government composed of a broad coalition in which all major political parties are represented. It is a form of government usually associated with a national crisis.
The Elysee resident lost his absolute majority in Sunday’s parliamentary elections. “Nevertheless it is possible to find a wider and clearer majority,” he said in his speech. He ruled out a national unity government.
So Macron is talking with the leaders of all political parties to see what kind of government could be established. He has the best chance with the center-right Republicans (LR), who now have 61 seats. But his Republican interlocutor Christian Jacob, head of the party, said on Tuesday he did not want to know about “some kind of agreement or alliance” with Macron’s government.
The French head of state said it was now up to the parties “to say in all transparency how far they want to go”. “We must collectively learn how to govern and legislate differently,” Macron said.
He also acknowledged the “divisions” and “deep division” revealed in opinion polls, and lamented the low turnout. The president also announced that action will be taken this summer on purchasing power, climate and employment.
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