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Referendum on the environment: Retailleau is wary of a "political coup" by Macron


The president of the LR group in the Senate is not enthusiastic, the day after the head of state's announcements.

Emmanuel Macron surprised his world by announcing Monday evening, December 14 a referendum for the inclusion of an ecological imperative in article 1 of the Constitution.

Now a question arises: can the ballot take place?

Before passing to the judgment of the French, this constitutional revision must first be voted in an identical manner by the two parliamentary chambers.

The Senate, where the right has the majority, could well foil the project.

To read also: Guillaume Tabard: "Referendum, a stroke of poker or a stroke of bluff?"

Invited on France 2 Tuesday morning, Bruno Retailleau, the president of the LR group in the Senate, was not very enthusiastic.

"I am awaiting the formulation"

, he explained, recalling that an

"environmental charter"

already allowed the Constitutional Council to

"verify whether or not a law complies with this charter"


The senator from Vendée, also interested in the 2022 presidential election, is especially wary of a

“political coup”

attempted by Emmanuel Macron to take control of the theme of ecology.

“If it's a political coup, we won't lend a hand.

If it is useful, we will study it

, summarized Bruno Retailleau.

It will be necessary to assess the extent, in particular the consequences ”.


Referendum on the climate: Bruno Retailleau is wary of a "political coup"

The president of the group The Republicans in the Senate took the opportunity to send a message to Emmanuel Macron, looking like a dilemma.

“I make him an offer.

If he really wants to fight against global warming, let him bring CETA

(free trade treaty between Europe and Canada, Editor's note)

before the Senate, ”

he demanded.

Bruno Retailleau deplores that the text was voted

“by the En Marche majority eighteen months ago”

and that it has still not reached the Senate.

“We want to refuse it.

We do not see, when we produce good meat in France, why we would import from Canada meat that is not manufactured, which is not produced with the same production standards as in France.

In addition, it makes you cross the Atlantic, it is an additional carbon footprint

, ”he wanted to emphasize.

Faced with the “right of veto” of the Senate - as Bruno Retailleau likes to point out - negotiations between the executive and the senatorial right are only just beginning.


Emmanuel Macron promises a referendum to include climate protection in the Constitution

Source: lefigaro

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