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Macron calls for ‘different’ method of government after disappointing legislative vote

Speaking in a nationwide address on Wednesday, Macron said he recognized the “deep fractures” in the country.

“I cannot ignore the fractures, the deep divisions that run through our country and that are reflected in the composition of the new [National] Assembly,” he said.

French voters on Sunday elected a parliament without an absolute majority for the first time in decades, depriving Macron of the legislative support he enjoyed for his first term.

The president’s party remains the largest bloc, but now requires the collaboration of other political groups to push through the legislation.

Highlighting recent experiences in Germany and Italy, Macron said that “no political force can make laws alone”.

“We must collectively learn to govern and legislate differently,” he added.

After meeting with the leaders of the opposition political blocs, Macron said “the majority” had expressed a desire to avoid a “blockage” in the National Assembly.

The Macron Ensemble! bloc won 245 seats on Sunday, short of the 289 seats required for an absolute majority in the French National Assembly.

The left-wing coalition Nouvelle Union Populaire Ecologique et Sociale (NUPES), a pan-left coalition led by far-left figure Jean-Luc Mélenchon, came second with 131 seats, according to Interior Ministry results. .

At the other end of the political spectrum, Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally party won a record 89 seats, putting it in third place.

Macron calls for ‘different’ method of government after disappointing legislative vote

Macron, who won a second term in presidential elections in April, will become the first sitting French president without a parliamentary majority since an electoral reform in 2000.

It is now entering uncharted territory of negotiation and compromise after five years of unchallenged control.

His coalition is expected to try to form alliances with other political parties, including reaching out to the traditional right, which came in fourth on Sunday.

France could be thrown into political paralysis if he fails to make alliances. But it could also mean that Macron will struggle to push through his legislative agenda, including an unpopular plan to raise the retirement age, as well as plans for deeper integration with the European Union.

cnn Eur