Macron wants to start again

Dthe national anthem sounds, most of the television stations in the Elysee Palace go out. It is 8 pm in France and the president is addressing his compatriots in a ceremonial speech. The ritual seems monarchical as always, but Emmanuel Macron’s message is completely new. “Together we have to learn to govern differently and pass different laws,” he says. This is the first time the president has spoken to the French since losing an absolute majority in Sunday’s general election.

Voters were slapped. The president, who loved the role of the republican monarch, wants to start again. “We need to make new compromises through dialogue, listening and respect,” he says. He promised this in a public dialogue after the yellow vest crisis, but then he quickly forgot about it.

Macron does not mention the extreme right

On Wednesday evening, Macron turned his attention to Europe, “to other Western democracies,” where it has long been the case that laws cannot be enacted by any party alone. Features Germany and Italy. Addresses a coalition pact or a majority exchange. “It will be possible to find a wide majority to negotiate,” he says. He wants to prevent a permanent blockade. “Our country needs ambitious reforms.” Additional spending on health care and climate protection, as well as emergency measures in the face of high inflation, cannot be financed through higher debt or higher taxes, he warns. Macron expects the various factions in the National Assembly to reveal “in full transparency” “how far they are willing to go.”

From the negotiations with those responsible for the most important parliamentary groups, he got the impression that cooperation was possible. Macron does not mention the extreme right. He also received Marine Le Pen for an interview at the Elysee Palace. Several leading votes from the presidential camp, including Justice Minister Eric Dupont-Moretti, did not want to rule out cooperation with the far-right Rassemblement National (RN). European Minister Clément Beaune strongly opposed this: “We will not conclude an agreement with the Rassemblement National.”

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