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The French chief gained his second presidential time period final week towards rightwinger Marine Le Pen however is predicted to face a more durable battle on the June parliamentary election, when he might lose his majority. To put Mr Macron under additional pressure, on Friday official information confirmed that France’s financial development unexpectedly flatlined within the first quarter as client spending dropped within the face of record-high inflation.

The INSEE official statistics company stated preliminary information confirmed no change in gross home product for January-March.

That signalled a pointy slowdown from the ultimate three months of 2021, when the euro zone’s second largest economy expanded 0.8 p.c, which was revised up from 0.7 p.c beforehand.

Inflation and first quarter GDP figures for the 19-nation euro single foreign money zone are due in a while Friday.

While a slowdown in France had been anticipated, the studying was worse than expectations for development of 0.3 p.c in a Reuters ballot of 24 economists, whose forecasts ranged from 0.6 p.c to -0.1 p.c.

Household spending, the standard driver of French development, fell 1.3 p.c within the quarter as client confidence waned amid issues over surging vitality costs and the warfare in Ukraine, eclipsing any increase from an easing of COVID restrictions.

Inflation has soared from file to file in current months, rising unexpectedly in April to the touch a brand new excessive of 5.4 p.c, INSEE stated in a separate report on Friday.

The newest inflationary spike will supply recent fodder to Macron’s opponents who accuse the president of not doing sufficient to guard shoppers’ buying energy heading into legislative elections subsequent month that may decide whether or not he has a majority to manipulate for the following 5 years.

His present authorities has put collectively a 25 billion euro bundle of measures to assist shield shoppers’ dwindling buying energy and consisting largely of caps on fuel and electrical energy value will increase.

But that didn’t cease the price of residing from being a significant theme in France’s presidential election this month, which incumbent President Macron gained.

Senior Europe economist Jessica Hinds at consultancy Capital Economics stated: “Although government measures have shielded households from the worst of the energy price rises, the broader rise in inflation will still take its toll on real incomes and spending.

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“One silver lining, at the very least, is that the French economy is much less uncovered to the Ukraine battle than most within the euro zone, together with Germany.”

Mr Macron has indicated that his first steps after the June vote will include further measures to help consumers such as subsidies for people on low incomes who have to use their cars, as well as an increase in pensions.

According to an Elabe opinion poll published on Wednesday, six out of 10 French people do not want President Macron’s party to win a majority at the June election.

The poll shows that 61 percent of French voters would prefer that parliament elections on June 12 and June 19 result in a majority of members of parliament in opposition to Mr Macron.

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That percentage rises to 69 percent among working-class voters and close to 90 percent among far-right and far-left voters.

Following President Macron’s win in presidential elections this month, his LREM ruling party hopes to win an outright majority again, as it had during Mr Macron’s first term.

If LREM and its Modem party ally do not win a majority, the French President would be forced to make a coalition agreement with other parties.

Far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon has said that he wants to be Mr Macron’s prime minister in a coalition government that could block or water down many of the reforms that President Macron wants to push through, notably the increase of the retirement age.

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