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Senators vote for the return of multiple mandates

2021-10-12T23:08:51.763Z

The upper house approved the bill to re-authorize the combination of a local mandate with a national mandate, banned since 2017.



The senators voted on Tuesday evening, October 12 in favor of a bill revising the non-accumulation of mandates, introduced in 2014 and put in place during the legislative and senatorial elections of 2017. She wishes to allow deputies and senators to be mayors or deputies of a municipality of less than 10,000 inhabitants.

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Presented by the president of the Union Centriste to the Senate, Hervé Marseille, this proposal for a "

law favoring the local establishment of parliamentarians

" received numerous support.

Gérard Larcher, president (Les Républicains) of the Senate, recalled on Franceinfo this Tuesday that "

the experience in the service of the local is extremely useful in the exercise of parliamentary functions

".

He was himself mayor of Rambouillet (Yvelines), until 2014.

No accumulation of indemnities

The bill is also co-signed by the president of senators LR, Bruno Retailleau.

The President of the Republicans, Christian Jacob, is for his part a long-standing opponent of the non-accumulation of mandates, which he already accused in 2014 of "

creating elected officials above ground, completely cut off from the field

".

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Member of Parliament and mayor, this is what Hervé Marseille is proposing, but under conditions.

The allowances for these two functions would not be cumulative.

A proposal that receives the approval of 57% of French people, according to an Ifop poll.

The presidential candidate Fabien Roussel is also in favor of this reform, which consists of having "

your feet in the clay, without accumulating allowances

".

88% of cumulative deputies in 2012

The current law, passed during François Hollande's five-year term, prevents being both a parliamentarian (deputy, senator, European deputy) and local elected representative.

Promulgated in 2014, it allowed a renewal in the political class from the 2017 elections.

In 2012, 77% of senators and 88% of deputies then held at least one other elective mandate.

The 2014 law put an end to this accumulation and indirectly allowed a greater feminization of Parliament, by renewing the political class.

The National Assembly now has more than 38% women, and the Senate 32%.

"The non-cumulation did not work"

This morning on Europe 1, Hervé Marseille specified that the non-accumulation of mandates "

did not work

". The Socialists' bill had been designed with the objective of "

renovating the missions of Parliament

", because it was supposed to be reinforced by the constitutional reform of 2008. An error, according to the centrist senator, for whom "

Parliament has half the skills and workload

”than when the deputies were also local elected representatives. For Hervé Marseille, "

parliamentarians are condemned, especially in the Assembly, to table amendments which do not succeed

".

The senator from Hauts-de-Seine told the Senate this Tuesday evening that "

the difference in treatment

[between a national elected representative and a local elected official]

is striking

".

The elected centrist wishes, by passing this law, to trigger a "

fundamental debate on the necessary reform of our institutions

".

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The bill will now be examined in the National Assembly by November.

I hope there will be debate,

” explains Hervé Marseille.

For the moment, the President of the National Assembly, Richard Ferrand, seems rather opposed to this idea.

According to him, “

more than half of the deputies have a local mandate.

What the law allows, ie a local non-executive mandate and a parliamentary function, is the right balance

”.

It is up to the deputies to decide.

Source: lefigaro

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