Olivier Faure, the first secretary of the Socialist Party, criticised the French President’s refusal to “involve the representatives of the nation” following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a letter addressed to the president, Mr Faure wrote: “We are collectively facing a democratic challenge.
“With this unprecedented crisis, no one can decide alone.
“It is more important than ever to involve the representatives of the nation. You don’t.
“Parties and group presidents are not united, not informed, not associated.
“It is not healthy for the political life of our country.
“By doing this, you encourage the development of fake news, anti-mask and conspiracy supporters.
“We must get out of this infernal battle, which is fracturing society when it should meet again.”
The socialist leader went to ask the president whether the country is “ready to face” an “upsurge in infections and hospitalisations”.
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This week, Patrick Kanner, president of the socialists’ senators, and Valérie Rabault, his counterpart in the Assembly, urged Prime Minister Jean Castex to resume daily communication on COVID-19.
France has seen more than 300,000 people infected with the deadly virus and more than 30,000 people have died.
Last month, Mr Macron saw his popularity drop according to a recent poll with his Prime Minister also struggling to impress.
The Ifop poll for Le Journal du Dimanche revealed Mr Macron’s popularity was at 36 percent.
And the number of people who were not satisfied with the President was 63 percent.
This is a drop of one percent in the same survey carried out in June.
The popularity of Mr Castex also fell dramatically, from 55 per cent of people who liked him in July to 48 percent in August.
The rate of dissatisfied people soared from 40 to 46 percent.
Ifop believes this is down to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Mr Castex saw his first popularity rating stand at 56 percent, which was higher than his predecessor Edouard Philippe, which was 51 percent.
The survey was carried out on August 19 and 20 with a sample of 989 people aged 18 and over.
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega