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Macron varies in method, not in policy

The idea had circulated within the majority, but the President of the Republic has for the moment dismissed it: there will be no government of national unity in response to the results of the legislative elections of June 19. On Wednesday evening, speaking on television at 8 p.m., Emmanuel Macron broke the radio silence in which he had been locked up since Sunday, in order to consult his close circle and the leaders of the opposition parties.

In his speech, the Head of State took note of the result of the ballot, which gives his coalition (Together!) only a relative majority of deputies. “As in Germany or Italy, no political force can make the laws alone, he admitted. I cannot ignore the fractures that cross the country and are found in the National Assembly. » But Emmanuel Macron diverts the meaning of the ballot, pretending to interpret it as a call to agree, and not a sanction vote for his policy. He also insisted that it remains legitimate to act, under the “clear mandate (that the French gave him) in April” – omitting a little too quickly the default vote from which he amply benefited.

How then to govern? Emmanuel Macron has therefore ruled out any government of national unity, although he discussed the possibility, Tuesday and Wednesday, with the leaders of the opposition parties as well as the majority. “All expressed their respect for our institutions and do not want blocking, he greeted . But many have ruled out the possibility of a government of national unity. »

“It is possible to build a larger majority, to find new compromises”, said the head of state, which would mean text-by-text negotiations with the groups sitting with the opposition. National rally included? It would seem. Emmanuel Macron said he was ready to work with “all the political forces of the National Assembly” : “We will have to clarify in the coming days the share of responsibility of each group, and how far they will be ready for us to move forward together. » A way of returning the ball to the camp of the opposition in its plurality, while replaying the now scratched record of the ” exceeding “. The Head of State thus gave the parties a few days to position themselves, on the pretext of devoting himself to his task as President (until the end of June) of the European Union.

But it is above all to the right that Emmanuel Macron is addressing himself. Because it is not a question of modifying its policy. “We must continue to overtake with clarity and responsibility. Clarity means never losing sight of the project you chose last April. » And Emmanuel Macron to reaffirm the main axes of his program, listing without further details a law for purchasing power and “strong measures for the hospital”. Which ones, how? The Head of State will not be more precise. However, these reforms “must not generate more taxes or more debt”, he warns. In short, his re-election program is non-negotiable, only amendable.

“Nothing new under the sun”

Emmanuel Macron risks being greeted coldly. “No blank check”, retorted Olivier Marleix, president of the LR group. ” When we see the arrogance that Emmanuel Macron has shown in receiving the party leaders, without gestures of openness, we say to ourselves that a way out of the crisis is not on the right track”, adds MP LR Raphaël Schellenberger. In addition, for the elected Alsatian, the election of Aurore Bergé at the head of the LaREM group is not made to smooth things over. “It’s a bad signal, she has only had acid behavior over the past five years against parliamentarians from the other benches”, he continues, while the head of the Macronist deputies should have a key role, if the government were to find majorities of circumstance.

On the environmental side, we return politeness to Emmanuel Macron. “We will take up the proposals of the Climate Convention to table a bill. It will be a test of credibility, if the government is serious about acting, Macronie will be able to vote for it,” explains the number one of EELV, Julien Bayou, who refers the government to its own (ir)climate responsibility. “Force must remain at the law of democracy”, reacted Jean-Luc Mélenchon. The rebellious demands that Elisabeth Borne submit to a vote of confidence by presenting her program: “If she loses this vote, she will have to resign. If she wins, then the Assembly will do its job and, on the basis of the texts, will make its proposals. There is no point in gloating beyond that. » PCF spokesman Ian Brossat, for his part, rebuked Emmanuel Macron:“The President of the Republic has found his language, but not his compass. Nothing new under the sun. The art of discarding pushed to its limits. »