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Macron Asks French PM to Seek New Cabinet, Parliament Allies

  • Premier will discuss cooperation with opposition lawmakers
  • European Affairs Minister sees potential case-by-case accords
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French President Emmanuel Macron, whose party lost its outright majority in the lower house of Parliament a week ago, asked Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne to form a new cabinet by early July and sound out lawmakers from other parties about reforms.

While Macron was re-elected for a new five-year mandate in April, his party’s setback in this month’s legislative elections will probably make it harder to push through policy changes, just as France faces mounting debt, soaring inflation and potential energy shortages amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.