The Macronists lost the absolute majority in the National Assembly. “My fear is that the country is blocked,” reacted government spokeswoman Olivia Grégoire on Monday, the day after the second round of legislative elections.
Asked about France Inter to find out if France was governable today, she admitted that it will be “complicated”. “No one is bound to the impossible”, she added, emphasizing that “the feedback, the lesson, we will have to analyze it, there is no subject there -above “.
French people “drunk with the electoral sequence”
She explained the election results by the fact that the French are “weary, tired, to be honest a little drunk with the electoral sequence”, and concluded that “today an institutional reform becomes absolutely essential”.
But “we will always be found to try to embark with us, to convince above all, the moderates who are present in this parliament, to follow us. It will take imagination, audacity, openness, where it will be necessary “and for” all those who want to move the country forward, “she added.
“The Prime Minister remains a Prime Minister”
Will Elisabeth Borne remain Prime Minister? “She was re-elected, twelve members of her government were re-elected. At the time when I speak to you the question has not arisen. We will see in the next few hours, but as I speak to you, the Prime Minister remains a Prime Minister who has had the courage to go to the polls, ”said Olivia Grégoire.
The new government will be appointed “in the coming days”. “Given the urgency to act and the determination of the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister, we are talking here in days rather than weeks,” she said. As to whether Emmanuel Macron could choose to dissolve the National Assembly, “as I speak to you, no”, assured Olivia Grégoire, while recalling that “everything can move”.
“The test of truth” for the Nupes and the RN
Stressing that the government’s text on purchasing power arrives “in eight days” at the National Assembly, she estimated that it will then be “the test of truth” for the Nupes and the RN. Regarding the historic breakthrough of Marine Le Pen’s party, which elected 89 deputies, Olivia Grégoire assured that the majority took its “share of responsibility”, but that “everyone will have to question their own”. in particular the leader of LFI and Nupes Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
“To go to extremes, especially in his expressions, he can sometimes be a stepladder, a footrest for extreme radicals to return to parliament,” she accused. The Macronist candidates Together! won 245 seats in the second round of the legislative elections, ahead of the left-wing coalition Nupes and its allies (137 seats) and the RN (89).