France needs “ambitious reforms” and this would require compromise, President Emmanuel Macron said in a televised address on Wednesday.
The speech was the first to the nation since his centrist bloc lost its parliamentary majority last weekend.
The new constellation means that “together we will have to learn a new way to govern and to legislate,” Macron said.
After meeting opposition representatives in the days following the election, Macron said other political factions were “available to advance on big topics” including the cost of living, jobs, energy, climate and health.
According to Macron, urgent legislation aimed to combat inflation and rising energy prices would be presented to parliament this summer. He emphasized that legal changes would not be paid for by higher taxes.