France’s Macron keeps prime minister in place for “stability of the country” after chaotic election

People, holding flags and banners, gather at the Republique Square in Paris Credit: Mohamad Salaheldin Abdelg Alsayed/Anadolu via Getty Images

French President Emmanuel Macron refused the resignation of his prime minister, asking him to remain as the head of the government temporarily for “stability”  after chaotic election results left the government in limbo.

Gabriel Attal arrived at the Elysée palace at 11.30am to tender his resignation after his centrist coalition came second in the parliamentary election to a leftist coalition.

Mr Attal said he would remain in office if needed after Mr Macron asked him to stay on “to ensure the stability of the country.”

Mr Macron thanked Mr Attal for leading the centrist coalition’s campaigns in the European and French parliamentary elections.

Although there have been protests in Paris, others in the capital have celebrated the election result

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