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After Macron hands over a suspended parliament, France risks an impasse

After his side lost its parliamentary majority, French President Emmanuel Macron faced calls for his prime minister to resign and doubts loomed over his ability to govern decisively.

Following the installation of a suspended parliament after the weekend’s elections, Macron’s centrist group is under pressure to win the support of its rivals to save Macron’s reform program.

Citing a source close to Macron, Reuters news agency reported that Macron will invite all political parties capable of forming a group in the new parliament for talks on Tuesday and Wednesday.

For Macron, who won a second term just two months ago, the loss of the absolute majority of his Ensemble alliance is a painful setback.

European Affairs Minister Clément Beaune, a close associate of the French president, told LCI television: “We have to think about a new mode of operation at the institutional level”.

With a nascent left-wing alliance in second place, Sunday’s run-off vote left Together as the largest party.

Negotiating with opponents bill by bill, Macron must now either form a broader coalition or agree to lead a minority government.

After just over a month in power, far left and far right figures demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne.

Government spokeswoman Olivia Grégoire told France Inter radio that Macron would soon reshuffle his government.

(With agency contributions)

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