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France’s Prime Minister Resigns


Mon 08 Jul 2024 | 05:15 PM
Israa Farhan

France’s Prime Minister Gabriel Attal announced his resignation following the unexpected success of the leftist alliance in the French parliamentary elections, which saw his centrist camp fail to secure a majority.

Attal, a member of President Emmanuel Macron's Renaissance Party, stated after the initial forecasts were published on Sunday evening that the "Together" coalition, led by Renaissance, lacks the majority needed to govern.

He intends to submit his resignation to Macron on Monday morning.

Projections suggest that Attal's ruling camp will see its seats drop from 245 to between 150 and 180 out of the 577 seats in the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, making it the second-largest force after the National Progress Party, which is expected to secure between 172 and 215 seats.

Macron may ask Attal and his government to remain in their positions temporarily until a majority is formed to establish a new government.

With the Paris Olympics set to begin on July 26, it is possible that Attal's government could stay in power for a few more weeks.

Macron appointed Attal as Prime Minister in January, making him the youngest Prime Minister in modern French history at 34.

Attal enjoyed significant popularity and a reputation for effectively discussing issues with representatives from various political camps.

However, he could not steer the French government out of its parliamentary troubles and led the campaign for the parliamentary elections.

Macron aimed to secure a clear majority for his centrist groups in the National Assembly through early parliamentary elections, but his gamble did not pay off. 

Despite this, his camp performed better than expected, finishing third in the first round a week prior.