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Ireferred to as for a “broad gathering”. Emmanuel Macron spoke in a press release despatched to the press on Sunday night, June 30, after the primary outcomes of the legislative elections during which the National Rally got here out on high. “Faced with the National Rally, it is time for a broad, clearly democratic and republican gathering for the second round,” stated the President of the Republic.

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“High turnout in the first round […] “This demonstrates the significance of this vote for all our compatriots and the will to make clear the political scenario. Their democratic selection obliges us,” he added, without specifying whether this gathering will include the candidates of La France insoumise (LFI).

Having regularly excluded LFI from the Republican field, Emmanuel Macron thus seems to opt for a case-by-case approach, depending on the candidates qualified for the second round. According to BFMTV, the head of the Élysée asked his teams to study each constituency to find alliances, including with Insoumis candidates. “There is a need for a circo by circo analysis, to look at the possible reserves of votes,” confirms the head of the Radical Party, Laurent Hénart, to Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Withdrawals on a case-by-case basis

This is also the line defended by the current tenant of Matignon, Gabriel Attal, who recognized that the withdrawals of the majority candidates, who came in third position, would be necessary to block the far right. But only to benefit “another candidate who defends the values ​​of the Republic”. The presidential camp will thus still be present “in several hundred constituencies” next Sunday and will constitute “the best choice to prevent the RN from having an absolute majority”.

READ ALSO Legislative chaos: thank you Macron! But this vague position towards LFI is not unanimous at Renaissance. The former Prime Minister and president of Horizons, Édouard Philippe, opted for another line, estimating on Sunday evening that “no vote” should “be forged for the candidates of the National Rally or these of La France Insoumise”, without providing for any exception.

Several candidate ministers have already chosen to withdraw, however. This is notably the case of the Secretary of State for the City and outgoing MP Sabrina Agresti-Roubache, who came third in Marseille, who withdrew in favour of the representative of the New Popular Front, Pascaline Lécorché, to block the RN candidate Monique Griseti, who came in first. The Minister responsible for Overseas Territories Marie Guévenoux also withdrew in the 9e constituency of Essonne.

The voting directions to be adopted might change into clearer at noon on Monday, after the ministers are summoned to the Élysée by the top of state.