President Emmanuel Macron will make a television address at 20:00 tonight (June 22), following his party coalition’s failure to secure an absolute majority during the legislative elections last weekend.
Tonight’s speech was announced to Franceinfo and France Télévisions by the Élysée Palace.
Since the second round vote on Sunday (June 19), President Macron has been meeting with the leaders of opposition parties as he works to find a way forward.
He has not spoken publicly about the results of these discussions but is expected to do so tonight. He leaves tomorrow for Brussels and a series of international engagements.
Several parties report having refused any sort of alliance with President Macron’s Ensemble ! coalition.
Adrien Quatennens of the left-wing La France Insoumise has said that his party “was no candidate for any ploy of or participation in the president’s government.”
Fabien Roussel of the Communist Party stated that he told the president: “There is such a givefeeling of defiance against you that it is not conceivable” that he would form an alliance with him.
Les Républicains’ Christian Jacob shared this view, commenting: “Those who put their trust in us did not elect us to be in Emmanuel Macron’s government.”
Mr Macron’s announcement tonight comes on the same day that Yvelines MP Aurore Bergé is appointed as the leader of the Renaissance group, which was formerly La République en Marche, in the Assemblée nationale.
Olivier Marleix, meanwhile, has been chosen as the president of Les Républicains in the chamber.