PARIS ( Associated Press) – French President Emmanuel Macron met with leaders of France’s main parties on Tuesday after his centrist coalition failed to win an outright majority in parliamentary elections.
Prime Minister Elizabeth Bourne officially tendered her resignation on Tuesday, as is the tradition behind lawmakers. Macron immediately turned down the offer and kept the current government with him.
Presidential Coalition, Together! won 245 seats in Sunday’s vote, but fell 44 seats short of an absolute majority in the National Assembly, the most powerful house of France’s parliament.
The leftist NUPs coalition won 131 seats to become the main opposition party. The far-right National Group had won 89 seats from the previous eight in the 577-member House.
Macron planned to hold frequent meetings with opponents, such as the Republican president, Christian Jacob; Socialist Party leader Olivier Faure and right-wing leader Marine Le Pen. Other meetings were to be held on Wednesday.
The president also planned to receive members of his party and allied movements in Elysee.
According to Macron’s office, the talks were aimed at finding a “potentially constructive solution” to the situation.
Macron has yet to make a public statement about the election result.
His government still has the most seats in the National Assembly and can govern, but only by negotiating with lawmakers. To avoid a possible blockade, Macron’s party and its allies may try to negotiate each measure separately with lawmakers from the centre-left and Conservative parties.