Macron must “say clearly what he wants to make a majority on”, claims Hidalgo

Anne Hidalgo (PS) calls on Emmanuel Macron to “say clearly what he wants to make a majority on”, estimating on TV5 Monde that “if there are subjects on which we can agree” she will support him, but that his remarks after the legislative elections do not “reassure” her. Asked about possible support for the Head of State, the mayor of Paris and former socialist presidential candidate stresses that if he “does not give more impetus to a truly ecological policy, of transition, transformation, ecological planning I will not be able to support”.

“What I heard during this campaign does not reassure me”

“If there are subjects on which we can agree, obviously I am someone pragmatic. But finally, what I heard during this campaign does not reassure me and what I heard from him on what he understood from the message of the French during the legislative elections does not reassure me much either”, she confides in her first interview since her failure in the presidential election, the worst for the history of the PS, with 1.7% of the votes in the first round.

For Anne Hidalgo, “the National Union in itself is not possible”, but she wants Emmanuel Macron “to say clearly on what he wants to make a majority”. The Head of State “cannot issue an ultimatum, there is no worthwhile ultimatum (…) we now need to clearly know with whom and how he wants to govern, on what he sets its priorities.

Ask yourself “the right questions” after the legislative elections

“Is it about his retirement story? It will be without those who do not defend retirement at 65. Is it about the ecological question which is still (…) an emergency Absolute? What he wants to do, who he wants to do it with, I think now it’s in his hands,” she insists.

“The situation that emerges from this presidential and these legislative elections must lead to asking the right questions and also to choosing orientations in the dialogue, in the gathering (…) but that cannot be done on pretense, about ambiguities, about things like retirement at 65, about things that have been rejected by a large part of the population,” she said. The socialist mayor of Paris will go to the COP of African cities, in Abidjan at the beginning of July, in particular to raise the issue of the climate emergency.

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