France's Macron says opposition ready to work with him on 'major topics'

French President Emmanuel Macron addresses the nation during a televised address, on June 22, 2022. PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday (June 22) that opposition groups have signalled their readiness to work with his government on "major topics," after his party lost its parliamentary majority.

"They are available to advance on major topics" such as the cost of living, jobs, energy, climate and health, Macron said in a televised address.

Macron ruled out any attempt to create a "government of national unity" after his Together party on Sunday fell short of the majority needed to legislate without others, saying such a move was "not justified" at this stage.

Macron acknowledged that the parliamentary elections had highlighted social problems in France, but he called on the opposition parties to "leave in-fighting behind" and move "beyond politics".

This, Macron said, meant that "together we will have to learn a new way to govern and to legislate".

He said urgent draft laws, especially to alleviate the impact of inflation and rising energy prices, would be submitted to parliament over the summer.

Macron called on the opposition parties to "clarify in all transparency, in the coming days, how far they are willing to go" in their support of such measures which he said would not be financed by higher taxes.

He added that he himself had been re-elected in April on a platform of "ambitious reform" which he expected to carry out.

The parliamentary impasse should not lead to "stagnation", Macron said, but to "dialogue and the willingness to listen to each other".

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