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Macron asks his prime minister to continue “for now” – DW – 07/08/2024

Macron asks his prime minister to continue “for now” – DW – 07/08/2024

“President Gabriel Attal has asked him to remain prime minister for the time being to ensure the stability of the country,” Macron’s office said in a statement, without setting a timeframe.

This Monday, July 8, Atal tendered his resignation as prime minister to French President Emmanuel Macron, instructing him to stay in office to manage current affairs while a new government is formed following legislative elections.

Attal had announced his resignation this Sunday, following French political tradition, although he said he was willing to stay in office longer in the interim, but that the decision was up to the president.

A surprising victory for the left on the extreme right

This Sunday, July 7, the French left played a major electoral turn, coming out ahead of the Macronist bloc in legislative elections, pushing poll favorite Marine Le Pen’s far-right into third place.

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, shocked France with a surprise electoral advance after the far-right’s victory in European elections on June 9, aiming to ask voters for “political clarification”.

The result is now a realignment of the three blocs emerging from the 2022 elections – left, centre-right and far-right – but a new relationship of forces: the left first achieved a majority, but no single bloc achieved an absolute majority. 289 delegates.

The left-wing New Popular Front (NFP) won about 190 seats, followed by Macron’s centre-right Together coalition (about 160) and the far-right National Rally Party (RN) and its allies (more than 140).

The NFP says it is ready to “govern”.

NFP leaders have already pledged that they are ready to “govern” and have made it clear that they want the prime ministership to be filled by someone from their ranks.

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rml (afp, reuters, efe, Last updated at 12:51 CET)