‘A risk to our country’ says French PM, as Macron loses absolute majority
Euronews says Emmanuel Macron’s Ensemble alliance has lost its absolute majority in the French National Assembly, just two months after he was re-elected as president.
At the end of the second round of elections on Sunday Macron’s candidates won 245 seats, ahead of the left-wing coalition Nupes and the far-right National Rally which made an historic breakthrough of 89 seats.
Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said the “unprecedented” situation “is a risk to our country faced with challenges at the national level as well as at the international scale.” Borne, who was only appointed in May, will face a “a motion of censure” from the opposition in early July and her job is not secure having scraped a narrow win in her own constituency.
Emmanuel Macron now faces the realities of a National Assembly with two hostile opposition groups as he tries to push through important reforms – including on pensions, tax cuts and raising the retirement age – and he’ll need a coalition partner to get it done.
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