After a hectic international agenda over the last two weeks, French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne are back at the Elysee Palace to prepare for the change of government. After his party lost the absolute majority of the National Assembly during the June legislative elections, it is necessary to do this.
Macron promised "a government that is active." Expect the names of the new ministers to be announced by Wednesday before Elisabeth Borne's general policy statement to National Assembly. After the April presidential elections, the last change in government occurred on May 20. It is not likely that the prime minister will be subject to a confidence vote from the deputies Wednesday. Borne is not required to submit to the request of Nupes, the union of left-wing party (Nupes).
La France Insumisa (the French Podemos), has already stated that it will present a motion against Borne on Wednesday. However, they are unlikely to be able to bring the prime minister down due to a lack of support. After the legislative elections, the Executive will need to be remodeled. The current government will be dissolved by at least four of its members, but there may be additional changes.
After failing to win a seat at the National Assembly, Ministers Amelie De Montchalin (Ecological Transformation) and Brigitte Bouguignon (Health), as well as Secretary of State for The Sea, Justine Benin must resign. They do not have the support from the polls. They will also need to replace Yael BraunPivet, the Overseas minister, who was elected to the presidency of the National Assembly. She is the first woman to have held this office.
The Government could also be resigned Damien Abad (Minister of Solidarity) and Chrysoula Zagaropoulou (Secretary of State for Development). After a complaint from a woman, the Paris prosecutor has opened an investigation into Abad's attempted rape. Zacharopoulou is a gynecologist who also faces charges of rape by two other women and a third of "gynecological abuse" for events that took place years ago at her medical office.
After a six month period of intense international activity, Macron now focuses on the country's politics and problems. This is after the rotating French presidency of the Council of the European Union, the war in Ukraine, and the G7 meeting.
After defeating Marine Le Pen at polls in April, the president was re-elected as president. He was not involved in the electoral campaigns for both the presidential and legislative elections. He was more concerned with the rotating presidency in the EU and the conflict in Ukraine.
France took over the EU's reins on January 1, to replace the Czech Republic. Macron stated that the Europe of June 2022 was very different to that of January 2022 on June 24, in Brussels.
Macron's European agenda was altered by Russia's unilateral aggression towards Ukraine. French President Francois Hollande managed to convince the Europeans to support Kyiv and to impose sanctions on Moscow. They sent military equipment to Ukraine, and they welcomed the Ukrainian refugees into their countries with open arms.
The EU leaders met at Versailles on May 10-11 to discuss how they would strengthen their defense capabilities as well as reduce their dependence on Russian oil, gas and coal imports.
European partners supported France's proposal to reform the Schengen region. Following the Eurogroup model, Schengen Council was created. This informal body is where ministers from the euro area discuss issues related the the single currency. This "political piloting", or Schengen, is intended to ensure both free movement and protection of the EU's external borders.
Under the French presidency, 27 approved the climate package to reduce the community's greenhouse gas emissions by at most 55% by 2030. The Digital Markets Law takes control away from technological giants. They also agreed on a European minimum wages.
However, the French presidency failed to set up a minimum 15% tax at European level on multinational profits. This was one of its priorities in this first semester. Paris was engulfed by the blockade of Poland and Hungary.