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President Emmanuel Macron will speak Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. for the first time since the political crisis opened on Sunday with the loss of his absolute majority in the legislative elections, said the Elysee. The Head of State will address the French after having completed his tour de table of political forces on Wednesday, in search of a difficult consensus in the National Assembly and before being caught up in a series of international commitments, including the European Council from Thursday in Brussels.

Macron then took on international commitments

The Head of State will then be caught up in a series of international commitments, including the European Council from Thursday in Brussels, then the G7 and NATO summits. Emmanuel Macron received in the morning the national secretary of Europe Ecology-The Greens Julien Bayou, the deputy LFI Adrien Quatennens and his former Prime Minister Édouard Philippe, boss of the Horizons party. Tuesday he received Christian Jacob (LR), Olivier Faure (PS), François Bayrou (MoDem) and Marine Le Pen (RN).

Édouard Philippe called again on Wednesday for the creation of a “grand coalition” to give “a stable direction” to the country. Invited on Tuesday, the communist Fabien Roussel affirmed that Emmanuel Macron was considering, among other scenarios, the constitution of a “government of national unity”. A track that the Head of State also mentioned to Marine Le Pen who estimated on Wednesday that “the situation does not justify” a government of national unity.

The multiple paths of the majority

But not in front of Olivier Faure and Christian Jacob, they assured. “We are not candidates for any arrangement, for any scheme”, insisted for his part Adrien Quatennens at the end of his interview. At Les Républicains, “we will never be in the blocking of institutions”, repeats the president of the party Christian Jacob, but, with their sixty deputies, they do not want to enter “in a logic of coalition pact”. A government “with the National Front, with people on the far left who say that the police kill? Surely not!”, Insists LR Michel Barnier.

According to the Minister for Relations with Parliament Olivier Véran, the avenues are multiple: “an enlargement” of the majority, “the continuation of the overcoming of the center left / center right” or “a system of majority project by project, sometimes with the left, sometimes with the right”. He also ruled out that the RN and LFI could integrate any majority, because they are not “in the republican arc”. Adrien Quatennens reported that the head of state had on the contrary assured him that he “considered that rebellious France was indeed in the republican field”.

Group bosses appointed at the Assembly

All eyes are also on the 89 RN deputies, who were only eight in 2017, and assured of their “seriousness” when they arrived at the Assembly on Wednesday morning, playing the contrast with the “circus” attributed to the Nupes or the “melon” reproached to the majority. The vote on June 30 to appoint the chairman of the Finance Committee, with extended powers, sparks a battle between these elected RNs and those of LFI, members of Nupes. The LR president of the Senate, Gérard Larcher, considered that the post “should go back” to the RN deputies, because “the RN is the first opposition group”, arousing the indignation of the boss of the PS Olivier Faure.

It is also the time to designate the bosses of the groups. The deputy of Eure-et-Loir Olivier Marleix was elected at the head of that of the Republicans. In the presidential majority, after the defeat on Sunday of the president of the group under the previous five-year term Christophe Castaner, the deputy of Yvelines Aurore Bergé will take the head of the LREM group which has melted from 266 to 170 members, and the deputy of Corse du Sud Laurent Marcangeli that of Horizons.

Who will succeed Richard Ferrand?

At the end of the afternoon, a kind of primary will appoint a single candidate from the majority on the roost, replacing Richard Ferrand, also beaten on Sunday. The post is coveted by the Minister of Overseas Yaël Braun-Pivet, the ex-ministers Barbara Pompili and Joël Giraud, or the ex-minister LR rallied to Emmanuel Macron Éric Woerth. Out of a majority, the deputy of Doubs Annie Genevard (LR) also claims it. The President of the National Assembly will then be officially elected by all the deputies next Tuesday.

On the government side, the day after Elisabeth Borne’s reappointment, François Bayrou suggested that the Prime Minister must be changed, believing that “the times require that the Prime Minister or the Prime Minister be political, that we do not have not the feeling that technology rules the country”.

Elisabeth Borne will receive the presidents of Assembly groups next week, a way for the executive to show that she remains in office for the time being, even if her situation appears precarious. “There is a Prime Minister and a government. I am very happy to work with Élisabeth Borne,” Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin told the press on Wednesday.

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