Leftist alliance wins, French PM Attal resigns

French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal announced he would submit his resignation to President Emmanuel Macron tomorrow, following the early general elections where the leftist alliance New People's Front emerged victorious.

Publication: 08.07.2024 - 12:39
Leftist alliance wins, French PM Attal resigns
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According to preliminary results, the New People's Front, composed of left-wing and environmentalist parties, won the most votes. Attal made statements from the Prime Minister's office following the elections.

Congratulating the newly elected 577 deputies, Attal stated he did not choose to dissolve the National Assembly and refused to bear the consequences of that decision.

He noted that the "Together for the Republic" alliance had decided to fight against the candidates of extremist parties, highlighting that these parties did not secure an absolute majority in the Assembly.

Attal also pointed out that his own alliance failed to achieve a majority. "The political group I represent does not hold the majority tonight. In line with the tradition and principles of the Republic, I will submit my resignation to the President tomorrow morning," he stated.

"A New Era Begins for Our Nation Tonight"

Attal added:

"Tonight, a new era begins for our nation. Starting tomorrow, the center of power will be more than ever in the hands of the Parliament, the representatives of the people, and consequently, our citizens."

Prime Minister Attal noted that the far-right had achieved a historic score in this election.

In the second round of the general elections, Attal was elected deputy with 61.62% of the votes in the 10th constituency of Hauts-de-Seine.

Who Is Gabriel Attal?

Gabriel Attal was born on March 16, 1989, in Paris. A French politician, he was appointed Minister of Education in 2022.

A graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies, Attal is a prominent member of La République En Marche! (LREM), founded by Emmanuel Macron.

Elected as a deputy for the first time in 2017, Attal quickly rose through the ranks despite his young age, serving in various ministries. During his tenure as Minister of Education, he was noted for his educational reforms and measures against Covid-19 in schools.

Gabriel Attal was appointed French Prime Minister on January 9, 2024, as part of Macron's efforts to renew his government. He was the youngest and the first openly gay Prime Minister of France.