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Le Pen says she's ready to work alongside Macron in France

Samy Adghirni, Bloomberg News on

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Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French far-right, said she won’t try to push out President Emmanuel Macron if she wins the snap parliamentary election that begins later this month.

“I’m respectful of institutions, and I’m not calling for institutional chaos,” Le Pen told Le Figaro newspaper. “There will simply be cohabitation.”

Le Pen is seeking to appeal to mainstream voters as she aims to cement a majority in the next parliament. Her group, the National Rally, is already on track to become the biggest party, a prospect which has caused alarm among investors and France’s international partners.

Le Pen said that if she can form a majority — either with National Rally lawmakers alone, or with allies — she would lead her party’s parliamentary caucus and 28-year-old party leader Jordan Bardella will become prime-minister. The two-round election concludes on July 7.

France has been plunged into political chaos since Macron dissolved the National Assembly a week ago after suffering a heavy defeat to Le Pen in elections for the European Parliament. Macron himself has insisted that he’ll remain as president whatever happens in the parliamentary vote and called the idea that he would resign “absurd.”

Le Pen’s party is on course to win as many as 270 of the 577 seats in the National Assembly, according to a projection by pollster Elabe, with 289 required for an absolute majority. Macron and his allies are projected to win between 90 and 130.

 

France’s constitutional structure means that sometimes the presidency and the legislature can be controlled by different parties, although it’s happened less frequently than in the U.S.

The last time was in 1997 after center-right president, Jacques Chirac, called a snap election and ended up losing his majority. As a result, he was forced to name the head of the Socialist Party as prime minister.

In that situation, the president controls foreign policy and defense while the prime minister is responsible for domestic policy areas such as health and education.

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