Macron awaits party leaders in Saint-Denis to overcome political divisions

The heart of French politics will beat this Wednesday in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. Emmanuel Macron brings together the main party leaders there, with the stated ambition of finding “ways” to “advance” the country, beyond political divisions, in the absence of an absolute majority.

This “large-scale popular initiative” promised by the Head of State before the summer break aims to build “together” legislative texts and pave the way, “if necessary”, for referendums, according to the invitation letter presidential.

A meeting behind closed doors

The summit meeting will begin at 3 p.m. and will be held behind closed doors between the president and the party leaders gathered around a table, an “unprecedented” format according to the entourage of the head of state. No collaborator will be present and no device is provided for the press who will only be able to film the comings and goings outside the meeting place.

The meeting will take place at the education house of the Legion of Honor in Saint-Denis, in Seine-Saint-Denis, an emblematic school of republican “meritocracy” – it is reserved for descendants of decorated French orders – , located moreover in a city affected by the riots at the end of June, beginning of July.

Participants are invited to two round tables on the international situation and institutional reforms, followed by a dinner around all the questions raised by the recent urban riots, school, authority, integration, inequalities, according to the Elysée.

All the leaders of the parties represented in Parliament accepted the invitation, not without suspicion on the side of the opposition, which suspects Emmanuel Macron of seeking above all to relaunch a five-year term still struggling.

La Nupes denounces a “media staging”

The left-wing leaders gathered within the Nupes – Manuel Bompard (LFI), Marine Tondelier (EELV), Olivier Faure (PS) and Fabien Roussel (PCF) – have moreover decided to boycott the dinner, denouncing a “betting in the media scene”, before changing his mind on condition that the feast is reduced to a work meeting. The president of the National Rally, Jordan Bardella, also warned against any “verbal illusionism” and called for “clear acts” on “the authority of the State” and “the identity of France”. The Head of State also called him to present the issues of the meeting, just as he had done with the boss of the Republicans, Eric Ciotti.

The President of the Republic assures that he wants a “frank, loyal, direct discussion” to “act together”, in “unity”, in the service of the French.

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