France: Macron's camp seeks allies, says 'it's going to be complicated'

Macron's camp fails to win absolute majority in parliament; will now seek alliances with other parties; risk of political paralysis if no deals

Emmanuel Macron (Photo: Reuters)

Emmanuel Macron (Photo: Reuters)

Reuters Paris
President Emmanuel Macron's centrist camp scrambled on Monday to secure support from rivals to salvage some of its reform agenda after weekend elections delivered a fragmented parliament that leaves France at risk of political paralysis.

The loss of his Ensemble alliance's absolute majority is a bitter setback for Macron, himself elected for a second term in April. French governments have long been used to having a lower house of parliament that shares their political line and largely rubber-stamps proposals.

Sunday's second-round vote left Ensemble as the biggest party, with a fledgling leftwing alliance determined to make its voice heard in second place, the far-right stronger than ever and the conservatives as potential kingmakers.

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First Published: Jun 20 2022 | 8:54 PM IST

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