Emmanuel Macron’s party, La République En Marche (LREM), has lost its absolute majority in the French National Assembly. 10 MPs deserted Mr Macron’s party and instead joined the independent group, Ecology Democracy Solidarity. The MPs that quit his party, which Mr Macron formed in 2016, accused the French President of breaking his centrist promises and argue Mr Macron is running a conservative government.
The loss of the 10 MPs mean Mr Macron has lost is majority in the National Assembly, which he has held since 2017.
From 295 members, the LREM group goes down to 285 – four less than the absolute majority, fixed at 289 seats.
Ministers have hit out at the defectors, and say they are defying Mr Macron’s appeals for national unity during the coronavirus health crisis.
Bruno Le Maire, the finance minister, said: “I regret that some people want to reopen the left-right divisions that we and the French people wanted to put behind us in 2017.”