Emmanuel Macron has been accused of being a “spreader of lies”. Amid heightened administrative tensions, the Socialist Party’s first secretary launched a fresh attack on the president.
Earlier this week Macron’s government survived two no-confidence votes brought by opposition lawmakers.
They protested against the use of special constitutional powers to force the budget through the National Assembly without a vote.
Despite his victory, the president was frustrated by the vote and later targeted those in the opposition, whom he accused of joining forces against his administration.
The new, Popular, Social and Ecological Union (Nupes) formed a “Baroque Nupes coalition” with the far-right Rallye Nationale (RN) led by Marine Le Pen, the president said.
Expressing her frustration, she said: “It’s the cynicism and disorganization that angers me.
“The Socialists, Greens, Communists and LFI are ready to work hand in hand with the RN while the war is on in Europe.”
Olivier Faure, first secretary of the Socialist Party (PS), branded the president a liar.
He described Macron’s suggestion as “stupid”, branding him a “spreader of lies”.
The president’s ruling coalition lost its parliamentary majority in June this year.
Thereafter he faced difficulties in implementing various policy points.
Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne introduced Article 49.3 of the French constitution in the budget bill, which means the law is automatically passed unless the opposition passes a motion of no confidence in the government.
Commenting on the decision to do so, he said, “It was not an easy task, but in such troubled times, the decision was necessary.
“We had to give the French people a budget according to their democratic choices and according to our political direction.”
Le Pen said the decision to implement the article showed “the weakness of the authority and, above all, its inability to confederate, listen and exchange public policies – in short, its inability to play the democratic game”.
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.
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