Macron massacred in French general election – loses majority and some ministers

Le Pen jubilant as she increases seats 11-FOLD and denies Macron majority

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France is now in a governmental mess on a scale not seen in decades

Yesterday (19 June 2022) French voters delivered a resounding “non” to President Macron’s ‘Ensemble’ party in the final round of voting for the Assemblée Nationale – France’s parliament.

Macron’s party and its partners lost more than 100 seats. They still secured 38.6% of the votes giving them 244 seats but thereby lost their majority to govern. 289 seats are needed to govern and Macron’s ‘Ensemble Citoyens’ fell short by 43 seats.

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French parliamentary election results, 19 June 2022

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  • Ensemble ! (Macron and friends) : 245
  • Nouvelle union populaire écologique et sociale (Far left Mélenchon and friends) : 131
  • Rassemblement National (Le Pen) : 89
  • Les Républicains (conservatives) : 61
  • Other left : 22
  • Régionaliste : 10
  • Other right : 10
  • Various centre : 4
  • Union des Démocrates et des Indépendants : 3
  • Other : 1
  • Right sovereignty : 1

[Source : Ministère de l’Intérieur, 20 June 2022 at 4am. Please note that the exact numbers above will change, but only marginally.] [Note: updated on 22 June 2022 with full results.]

French parties, French coalitions, and the People’s Front of Judea

When Facts4EU.Org has to write about French elections, we struggle to find ways to explain the results in a meaningful way for British readers. Party names change on a regular basis and loose coalitions are formed to fight elections. This makes comparisons with previous elections very difficult.

For a good explanation of all of this, we recommend watching the following clip.

On a more serious note, how did Le Pen do?

At the same time as Macron’s coalition plummeted, Marine Le Pen’s ‘National Rally’ party made stunning gains, taking it from eight seats to 89 in the new parliament – an 11-fold increase.

Its vote share was 17.3% and it is now the second-largest single parliamentary party after Macron’s ‘La République En Marche!’. (And yes, Macron’s party really does have an exclamation mark as part of its name.)

"The people have spoken and sent a strong group from the National Rally to the National Assembly."

– Marine Le Pen, 20 June 2022

And how did the far left and the conservatives do?

Meanwhile the far left coalition ‘NUPES’ of Jean-Luc Mélenchon which includes the Communists and the Greens did relatively poorly when broken down into its constituent parties. As a coalition it secured the second-highest number of seats (131) and 31.6% of the vote but many commentators believe it will slowly disintegrate now that the election is over.

Mélenchon promised to reduce the retirement age from 62 to 60, but without explaining how he would fund this. Macron intends to increase it from 62 to 65. This undoubtedly played a role in the election.

The conservatives (‘Les Républicains’) had a dismal day again, with a vote share of only 7.0%. Bizarrely, because of the concentration of these votes, this gave them 61 seats.

This could, however, make them a ‘kingmaker’ if President Macron decides he needs a coalition government.

Macron’s ministers lost their seats

President Macron will have to make some key ministerial appointments – in addition to his woes in trying to assemble a working government - as a result of some of his ministers failing to keep their seats. These include Health Minister Brigitte Bourguignon, Maritime Minister Justine Benin and Environment Minister Amélie de Montchalin. Macron also lost Richard Ferrand, the head of the National Assembly and a close ally.

However, Europe Minister and anti-Brit Clément Beaune and Public Service Minister Stanislas Guerini — both ‘Macron attack puppies’ — managed to keep their seats by the skin of their teeth.

Observations

‘En bref’, as the French say, President Macron now faces some difficult decisions if he wants to push through his legislative programme.

It’s only two months since he won his second term as President of France but parliamentary elections are a different matter. To enact legislation he needs to carry votes in L’Assemblée Nationale. Right now it’s not clear how he will do that.

From a purely British point of view, it’s disappointing that Macron’s Brit-hating Europe Minister and attack puppy, Clément Beaune, managed to cling on to his seat. That said, he is now a minister in an emasculated government. In any case, it is highly doubtful that any new French minister would have done the decent thing and agreed to take back the illegal migrants France has allowed to traverse the English Channel.

Poor President Macron

We suspect President Macron must now be regretting the timing of France’s six-month presidency of the EU’s Council. During this time he has had to fight an election to remain as President and to preside over a disastrous result in the parliamentary elections which just concluded.

His grand plans to make an impact on the European stage have been somewhat diluted as a consequence.

Boris Johnson may have his problems right now but these could be said to be a mere bagatelle compared to those now confronting his opposite number in France.

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[ Sources: Ministère de l’Intérieur | BFM | TF1 | TF2 ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.

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