Macron keeps Atal as prime minister, until the "Front" decides who to nominate

Who will be the next prime minister?

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France's president will keep Gabriel Atal as prime minister until the left-wing New Popular Front decides who it wants to nominate.

Emmanuel Macron asked his prime minister to stay "for the time being for the stability of the country", the Elysee Palace announced.

It is recalled that Gabriel Attal went to Emmanuel Macron's office at noon to hand him his resignation, as he announced yesterday, Sunday.

It is up to the president of France to accept or not the prime minister's resignation.

It is recalled that Gabriel Attal had declared last night that he would hand in his resignation to the president of France, as the French political tradition wants, and that he is ready to continue exercising his duties for as long as necessary.

Who will be the next prime minister?

Not even 24 hours did the celebrations last for the New Popular Front, which won Le Pen and came first in the French parliamentary elections. The four-party alliance already appears divided in the nomination of the candidate for prime minister. As is known, in the "Front" under the leadership of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, within a month the Insubordinate France, the Communists, the Socialists and the Environmentalists had rallied. But now everyone goes their own way. As the French newspaper Le Figaro reports, many members of the left-wing coalition express their strong discomfort with Mélenchon, who could theoretically be in the prime minister's office. A necessary condition, either orally or by voting, is for the four parties to come up with the person who will have a wide appeal and will certainly receive the "green light" of the French president, Emmanuel Macron.

The short-haired former MP of Insubordinate France, Clementine Houttan, was the first to start the differences. announced that he was leaving Mélenchon's party and called on New Popular Front MPs to meet this morning to propose to Emmanuel Macron a prime minister "who will not be Francois Hollande or Jean-Luc Mélenchon". The first, who was elected MP of the "People's Front" assured that he will not nominate himself for prime minister. However, last night he asked Macron to appoint a prime minister from his "France Insubordinate" party, meaning himself. The Elysée appears unwilling to rush any discussion on who will be the next prime minister. Mélenchon causes discomfort among the centrists. His faction has been repeatedly accused by French politicians of flirting with "anti-Semitism". "We must be able to put forward a candidate for the office of prime minister within the week," Olivier Faure, head of the left-wing Socialist Party, which failed to secure an absolute majority in the 289-seat French parliament, said today. ). Judging that we should not give "the feeling that we are not capable of governing", Olivier Faure assured that the choice will be made "this week", "either by consensus, or there will be a forced vote" between the different formations of the People's National Front.

Who wants Melanchon?

For her part, MP from Mélenchon's party Mathilde Panot claimed that the left-wing alliance would propose "a prime minister and a government this week". Speaking to the RTL network, Panot was quick to defend her party leader. saying characteristically: "Jean-Luc Mélenchon is the one who taught the left that it could win again"... Most people don't hate him, go to popular cities."

On the contrary, the populist secretary of the Ecologists, Marine Todelier, opposed Mélenchon's candidacy for the office of prime minister. "The prime minister must come from the ranks of the New People's Front. We do not have an absolute majority, the Macronists as well as the far-right National Coalition have even fewer seats. In an institutional context, Emmanuel Macron should today officially call the National People's Front and announce the name of the new prime minister." In an article in Politico, after the surprise victory of the National Popular Front in the elections, catching the pollsters asleep, it points out that the two main forces of the left coalition, Jean-Luc Mélenchon's France Insubordinate and the Socialists are expected to play a key role in the upcoming elections. consultations, which could exclude from the race for the prime minister the head of the Greens, Marine Todelier despite her impressive presence in the pre-election campaign.

For Defiant France, the obvious choice would be the 72-year-old Mélenchon himself, but with his defiant stance on issues ranging from the economy to the war in Gaza he alienates centrists – and admittedly many even in his own camp. Other names from Insubordinate France that have also been heard are those of the movement's coordinator, Manuel Bobard, the head of its KO in the National Assembly, Mathilde Panot, the rising MP Clemence Goethe and Eric Coqueler, the president of the National Assembly's finance committee.

Melenchon's opponents

Mélenchon's opponents, who could well contend for the premiership, should include former journalist and director François Roufin, who quit France Insubordinate and called for a government "sensitive to the French." In addition, the name of Clémentine Auten, a former lawmaker from Recalcitrant France, who is increasingly critical of Mélenchon and who last month said she "knows" that he is included "among those who could claim the helm of the new government in the event of victory"

From the French Socialist Party, which sank into the mud in the 2022 presidential election, but has since launched an unexpected recovery, culminating in its strong showing in the European elections, where it finished first among the left-wing forces with almost 14%, the names "playing" , according to Politico, there are three: the current leader of the Socialists, Olivier Faure, the outgoing leader of their parliamentary group, 48-year-old Boris Vallot, while the former president of France, the Socialist Francois Hollande, may also seek a role in the negotiations. who was elected Member of Parliament in his former constituency.

In the meantime, one of the names being heard is that of Raphael Glicksman, co-founder of the center-left Place Publique party, which collaborated with the Socialists in the recent European elections. After his successful campaign, Glicksman joined the left-wing coalition ahead of the parliamentary elections and is seen as a politician with whom the center can work, as he is pro-European and has rejected the more hardline parts of Melancholy's rhetoric. "The political culture must change," he said on French state television yesterday. “We have to act like adults now. The parliament is divided", he added, but without directly answering the question of whether he will be a candidate for the prime ministerial post. Politico also sees as a solution the choice of a person outside the political scene, to calm the disagreements that will arise in the Left. Social Democrat MEP Glucksmann put that option on the table last month, nominating Laurent Berger, former leader of the reformist CFDT union. Berge has a strong advantage: he has wide appeal on the left but also in the main but he has the ability to bridge gaps.