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Macron Rejects PM Attal’s Resignation Amid Post-Election Uncertainty I France

By Benjamin Abioye



Macron on Attal's resignation

French President Emmanuel Macron has declined the resignation of Prime Minister Gabriel Attal, asking him on Monday to continue as the interim head of the government following tumultuous election results that left the government in a state of uncertainty.

Previously, Attal had offered to submit his resignation to President Macron on Monday after his party failed to secure a majority in the parliamentary elections.

The election results fragmented the legislature across the left, center, and far right, with no faction coming close to achieving the majority required to form a government.

According to AFP, Sunday’s vote outcomes have heightened the risk of a political deadlock in the European Union’s second-largest economy.

President Macron had hoped that calling snap elections would provide France with a “moment of clarification,” but the results indicated otherwise, less than three weeks before the Paris Olympics, which places the country on the global stage.

France’s main share index initially dipped but quickly recovered, likely due to market fears of an outright victory by either the far-right or the leftist coalition.

Prime Minister Attal, who had stated his willingness to remain in office if necessary, offered his resignation on Monday morning. Macron, who appointed him just seven months ago, promptly requested that he stay on “to ensure the stability of the country.”

Attal had expressed his disagreement with Macron’s decision to call the snap elections on Sunday.

The two rounds of voting produced no clear path for forming a government, whether for the leading leftist coalition, Macron’s centrist alliance, or the far right.

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