‘Arrogant’ Emmanuel Macron rejects PM’s resignation

The aim was to “build solutions to serve the French” at a time when there is no “alternative majority” to that of Mr Macron’s ruling alliance, said a presidential aide.

After securing a second presidential term with a comfortable victory M Le Pen in April, Mr Macron’s decision to effectively keep out of the ensuing disastro campaign until the last moment provedus, turning electoral “gold into lead”, according to Jérôme Jaffré, a political analyst.

He was due to start Tuesday’s flurry of discussions by talking with Christian Jacob, the head of the traditional Right-wing the Republicans (LR) party. The once-might French Conservatives have been on the wane for years but their 62 MPs may be Mr Macron’s only hope of securing parliament approval for reform bills.

But speaking to France Inter, Mr Jacob said there was no way his party, which lost several heavyweights poached to the Macron camp in his first term, would be the French president’s “spare wheel”.

“He’s the one who’s been arrogant and now he calls for help,” said the Conservative leader, who ruled out the prospect of German-style consensus decision-making in the French National Assembly.

“We are very clear on our stance, we are in the opposition to Emmanuel Macron and will remain there,” he said.

While his party’s economic platform is largely compatible with Mr Macron’s, he said: “It’s up to Emmanuel Macron to take our proposals onboard. We will, each time, be making proposals.”

Mr Macron will also meet Socialist Party leader Olivier Faure and Communist Party boss Fabien Roussel – members of the NUPES Left-Green alliance that combined has become the main opposition force, taking 137 seats.

However, Mr Macron is not due to meet NUPES’ hard-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who said he would bring a motion of no confidence against Ms Borne in early July, when she is to lay out her policy priorities for the next five years. Instead, Mr Macron will meet his number two, Adrien Quatennens.

Cracks are already emerging in the NUPES alliance after Communists, Socialist and Greens ruled out Mr Mélenchon’s proposal to club together and form one united parliamentary group. Their fear is clearly to be cannibalised by Mr Mélenchon’s France Unbowed party, which has the highest number of seats.

Triumphant after her spectacular gains, Ms Le Pen said her party would demand to chair the National Assembly’s powerful finance commission, as is tradition for the biggest opposition party.

Even if Ms Borne remains in her post for now, a reshuffle is unavoidable as Mr Macron’s health and environment ministers were beaten and by tradition will have to resign, along with the speaker and the head of Mr Macron’s parliament group.

With the 44-year-old president facing the parliament deadlock and outright hostility from the nationalist and Leftist camps, his only option may be to dissolve parliament and call snap elections in a few months, say analysts.

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