İrem UZUN -TDO- French President Emmanuel Macron lost his absolute parliamentary majority on Tuesday after several of his MPs defected to create a new political group. Seven of Macron's La Republique En Marche (LREM) MPs have formed a new group called "Ecology, Democracy, Solidarity" (EDS). MPs said they want to focus more on green issues and social inequality. According to Hugh Scofield’s analysis on BBC, the main reason of these MPs is that Macron's party has failed in its promise to be inclusive and to transcend the old political divisions.
The founding members of the EDS are the current mayoral candidate for Paris, Cedric Villani, former socialist Minister for Ecology, Delphine Batho, Paula Fortezza and Matthieu Orphelin, four notable politicians who had been among the strong allies of Macron in the party. The ruling party now only has 288 MPs in the National Assembly, one short of an absolute majority, and down from the 314 Macron had after he redrew the political landscape in 2017.
Although the latest developments raise fears about Macron’s party losing absolute majority, French commentators said LREM still had the backing of two other political allies, the centrist MoDem as well as Agir from the centre-right, which together make up another 56 seats in the National Assembly. Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Foreign Affairs Minister on Tuesday said it was a “pity” that rebels had defected from LREM party to form a new group, but said he felt Macron’s majority remained safe. “In any case, it does not call into question the majority of Emmanuel Macron, nor the majority of PM Edouard Philippe, which remain very strong,” he said.