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Macron’s Push to Fast Track Coalition Talks Makes Little Headway

  • The president wants a “government of action” by early July
  • Any coalition agreement appears unlikely next week after talks
Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron

Photographer: Stefanie Loos/Bloomberg

President Emmanuel Macron’s bid to clinch a coalition agreement in French parliament by next week looks increasingly unlikely.

The legislative trouncing earlier this month means Macron will have to build alliances to pass legislation, a situation not seen in France since 1958. But at the Matignon palace in Paris where premier Elisabeth Borne has been meeting party representatives from across the political spectrum, negotiations have yielded few results so far.