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Elysée Palace addresses French President Emmanuel Macron resignation speculation


The article in Le Figaro claimed Mr Macron told donors he was considering the move in a video conference two weeks ago. The newspaper cited one participant in the alleged video conference. An official insisted: “The president never took part in a videoconference with donors, and he never mentioned his possible resignation; the information printed in Le Figaro is false.”

The article claimed a motive for the drastic measure was the opportunity to reset Mr Macron’s presidency in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

France has suffered at the time of writing, 29,346 deaths from coronavirus.

This is out of around 156,00 confirmed cases.

Le Figaro had claimed an official’s response to them was a lot more ambiguous.

They were supposedly told: “As a matter of principle, we do not rule anything out.

“The hypothesis of a resignation was never on the agenda or mentioned in a meeting at the Elysée.”

Mr Macron had been forced to suspend parts of his political programme as a result of the pandemic.

Last month, a series of defections meant Mr Macron lost its majority in the National Assembly.

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Mr Macron can still rely on confidence and supply from the centrist Democratic Movement and affiliated group.

Snap Presidential elections have been held in France twice before.

The first came in 1969 following the resignation of Charles de Gaulle after voters rejected his constitutional reform.

Georges Pompidou defeated Alain Poher.

Another snap election was held five years later following Mr Pompidou’s death.

Valéry Giscard d’Estaing narrowly defeated Francois Mitterand.

The next election is scheduled for 2022.

The French President is limited to two terms in office.


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