French Prime Minister survives vote of no confidence in Parliament | Political news

A total of 146 lawmakers voted against Elisabeth Borne, well below the 289 votes needed to impeach her.

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne comfortably survived a motion of no confidence brought against her by a broad alliance of leftist opponents.

An official vote tally on Monday showed 146 lawmakers voted in favor of the motion. The motion required an absolute majority of 289 votes to hasten the fall of the government.

While there was little doubt about the result, it was a demonstration of the intention of the NUPES alliance – the largest opposition bloc to Emmanuel Macron’s centrist group Ensemble – to make the president’s life difficult. in parliament.

The NUPES alliance, also known as the New People’s Ecological and Social Union, is made up of 151 deputies. Five of them chose not to vote for the motion of no confidence, which could be interpreted as a positive sign by Borne and his government.

“Ladies and gentlemen, today we could work for the good of the French people,” Borne told parliament ahead of the vote.

“Instead, we are debating a vote of no confidence based on my alleged intentions, and which obstructs the work of Parliament and therefore the will of the French people,” she said.

“This vote of no confidence is just a political tactic… Let’s move together to a culture of compromise,” she added.

After enjoying a comfortable majority in the lower house in his first term, the newly reelected Macron lost his absolute majority in parliament in the June legislative elections and can no longer count on the house to endorse his reform program.

Instead, Macron and his government are faced with negotiating bill-by-bill legislation, stripping him of some control of the process.

The no-confidence motion was set to fail after the conservative Les Républicains party and Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally said they would abstain.

“You are, Madame Borne, a democratic anomaly… you have no legitimacy,” Mathilde Panot, head of the La France insoumise group, the main component of the NUPES alliance, told the assembly.

“Those who do not vote for this motion of no confidence will be supporters of your policies,” she added before the vote.

Now that the no-confidence motion has been lifted, parliament will soon begin discussing the 20 billion euro ($20.1 billion) inflation-fighting package unveiled by the government last week.

Borne, 61, has made clear she intends to rely on votes from opposition parties to pass legislation, with the right-wing Republican party seen as crucial to her future.

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