Macron explores government options after surprise election result


After the surprise outcome of the early parliamentary elections, French President Emmanuel Macron is focusing on forming a government, his office said on Sunday evening.

Before making a decision, the head of state will await the final election results and the final composition of the House of Representatives, the National Assembly and the Élysée.

“In his role as guardian of our institutions, the President will ensure that the sovereign choice of the French people is respected,” the report said.

The Élysée Palace also said the number of lawmakers needed for an absolute majority must be reached, BFMTV reported. “The question will be whether a coalition with coherence can be formed to reach the 289 deputies” in the 577-seat chamber.

According to the forecasts, no camp can count on an absolute majority.

According to the presidential palace, the high turnout was a sign that the dissolution of the National Assembly was necessary.

In view of the expected election result with Macron’s centrist alliance in second place, the Élysée declared: “The centre camp was declared dead: but it is still there, even after seven years in power.”

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