“We deny this report. The president never suggested he would resign,” the president's office said.
The Elysée Palace statement followed a media report in the French newspaper Le Figaro, which claimed Macron had made the shock announcement while speaking at a videoconference with party donors in London.
Citing one of the people present at the conference, which took place about two weeks ago, Le Figaro said Macron told participants that a new election would reinforce his legitimacy and destabilise his opponents.
“I'm sure to win because there's no competition,” Macron reportedly said.
Le Figaro also cited an unnamed Elysée Palace official, who said: “We're entering a phase of reflection and consultations, where everything is being considered.”
The official added that Macron's decision could come “in the coming weeks or months”.
But the Elysée Palace said the president “never took part in a videoconference with donors.”
Will Macron resign and run again? Speculation is based on a throwaway remark he made 2 weeks ago. Don't buy it. He's addressing nation at 8pm on Sun. We're told that's to review France's progress in C19 crisis, claim a victory of sorts and speed up full end to lockdown. On verra. https://t.co/0cLNoMc9Iq
— John Lichfield (@john_lichfield) June 11, 2020
Macron's party La République En Marche (LREM) lost its absolute majority in parliament last month after several MPs defected to form independent groups, a public reproach that was all the more jarring amid the government's calls for “unity” during the COVID-19 crisis.
The party is now bracing for another setback in a second round of municipal elections set for June 28th, with opinion polls showing its candidates are unlikely to capture any major city, including Paris.
The battle for Paris long looked to be a tight race between three main candidates, until LREM's Benjamin Griveaux dropped out of the race after a Russian performance artist posted intimate pictures of him online.
Even Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, one of the LREM's strongest personas, is facing a tough battle to regain his seat as mayor of the northern port city of Le Havre.
A cabinet reshuffle is expected to be in the works as Macron seeks fresh momentum for the final two years of his term.
The coronavirus outbreak also stalled Macron's flagship policy reforms, including the controversial pensions overhaul that sparked a mass-strikes last winter.
The president plans a televised national address on Sunday night, his fourth since the start of the coronavirus crisis.
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Another speech could be scheduled after the June 28th elections, to lay out Macron's projects through 2022, his office said Thursday.