Following the election, socialist Frenchman Faure hopes to become prime minister

Olivier Faure, leader of France's Socialist party, has announced his readiness to become prime minister after the left-wing New Popular Front alliance won the parliamentary election on Sunday. Faure emphasized that his acceptance depends on dialogue with coalition partners.

Despite their victory, the left-wing alliance, which includes Socialists, Greens, and Communists, does not have enough seats to form a government independently. They called on President Emmanuel Macron to appoint a prime minister from their ranks. However, the election result has left France in a political deadlock, with no single party securing a majority.

The New Popular Front won 182 seats, the Macron alliance 168, and the far-right National Rally 143, leaving no clear majority in the 577-seat parliament. To avoid a no-confidence vote, any government must seek support from other parties.

President Macron has not commented publicly since the election and is due to attend a NATO summit in Washington. Instead of appointing a new prime minister, he asked outgoing Prime Minister Gabriel Attal to stay in office temporarily.

The Socialist party’s decision to nominate Faure reflects internal tensions within the Popular Front. Jean-Luc Mélenchon of France Unbowed proposed several potential candidates from his party, while others suggested Marine Tondelier of the Greens.

Mathilde Panot of France Unbowed called for Macron to appoint a prime minister from the New Popular Front, criticizing the continued tenure of caretaker Prime Minister Attal.

Additionally, there is internal friction within Mélenchon's party, with some expelled MPs forming their own group and urging Communists and Greens to join them. Clémentine Autain, one of the expelled MPs, expressed her willingness to serve as prime minister.

The Ensemble alliance, supporting Macron, also met to strategize, indicating plans to form a minority government with other mainstream parties, excluding both the far right and France Unbowed.


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