Most French say country is ‘ungovernable’ after vote, poll shows


(Bloomberg) — France has become ungovernable after snap parliamentary elections, leaving the country with a deeply divided parliament and no clear path to a stable government, three-quarters of respondents in an Elabe poll said.

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The survey also found that 71% of the 1,002 adults surveyed were dissatisfied with the outcome of the vote and the new composition of the National Assembly. In addition, two-thirds said it was a bad decision for Emmanuel Macron to have dissolved parliament.

The president has been widely criticized for the surprise decision, which came after his centrist alliance was defeated by Marine Le Pen’s far-right Rassemblement National in the European Parliament elections. The vote has left the lower house divided, with no political grouping holding the majority needed to pass legislation.

The left-wing New Popular Front coalition secured most lawmakers, though it still fell more than 100 seats short of an outright majority in the 577-seat lower house. It has said it will nominate a single candidate for prime minister in the coming days.

Participants in the poll, which was conducted online on Tuesday and Wednesday, were divided over whether Macron should appoint that person.

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