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France’s Macron asks PM Borne to name new government in early July

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French President Emmanuel Macron seeks to name a new government in early July, possibly including members from outside his political party, according to an interview with AFP.

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Macron has asked Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne to propose a new “government of action” at the end of next week and confirmed his confidence in Borne over the long term, AFP said in a Twitter post.

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The president rejected Borne’s offer to resign on Tuesday, in the wake of a stinging election defeat last week in which he lost his absolute majority in parliament.

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Macron has not renounced his planned pension reform, which he said will entail “working longer as all our neighbors do,” according to the interview.

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Another reform will be focused on “full employment.”

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Under pressure to build compromises, Macron has sought to reach out to political opponents, asking them to come up with ideas for the fragmented parliament to legislate.

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Read more: France’s PM Borne must seek confidence vote: Left-wing leader Melenchon

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