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Pension reform: the cross-partisan motion of censure is narrowly rejected in the Assembly


The text carried by the centrist Charles de Courson collected only 278 votes. He had to obtain 287, that is to say the absolute majority of the seats, to bring down the government.

He will only have missed nine votes.

The cross-partisan no-confidence motion, presented today by centrist Charles de Courson, received only 278 favorable votes.

It would have taken 287, i.e. the absolute majority of the seats in the National Assembly, to bring down the government and at the same time, to reject the pension reform after the recourse last Thursday by Élisabeth Borne to article 49.3 of the Constitution.

Despite the votes of the deputies of the Nupes, the National Rally, a majority of the parliamentarians of the LIOT group, some of the Republicans and some non-attached members, the text which had been worrying the executive and its relative majority for several days was not adopted.

And the reform therefore now has a very good chance of being promulgated, even before the vote of the motion of censure of the National Rally, which a majority of parliamentarians will not vote for.

LR deputies at the heart of covetousness

In recent days, all eyes have been on the elected LR.

After some of them pushed the government to "

force through

" to pass this bill, would right-wing MPs be a significant number to vote for the cross-partisan censure motion?

The pressure on the executive had increased a notch this Monday morning, when Aurélien Pradié, Pierre-Henri Dumont and Maxime Minot announced that they would vote in favor of this text.


Everything rests on them

," hoped, half-excited half-anxious a member of the Nupes in the morning.

Finally, the LR deputies will therefore not have counted.

However, the pressure had been mounting throughout the day.

With as a high point the speech of Aurore Bergé, patroness of the Renaissance group, very acerbic vis-à-vis the Republicans.

She will convince them all to vote for censorship

”, worries, at that time, a parliamentarian from her camp.

During the various speeches, the elected representatives of the presidential camp who made the trip – there is no vote against for a motion of censure, so no need to be present – ​​also look gray.

Some tap feverishly on their mobile phones while others listen calmly, arms crossed, to the speakers.

“If your government fell, the French would be relieved”

At the podium, Charles de Courson (LIOT) denounces "

the maneuvers of the government to circumvent and constrain parliamentary debate


Laure Lavalette (RN) for her part evokes a “

political crisis

”: “

Whatever the outcome of this vote, you will have failed to convince the French


Mathilde Panot also attacks the executive harshly.

You must be censored for the interest of all.

(…) If your government fell this evening, the French would simply be relieved


Even the boss of LR deputies, Olivier Marleix, yet in favor of this reform, has a hard tooth.

He denounces the absence of "

social dialogue

" before launching: "

The arm of honour, Madam Prime Minister, is not a method of government


Censorship is not finally voted, the pension reform will be considered adopted.

But despite this, this election will leave indelible traces in the presidential camp.

It confirms almost definitively the illegitimacy of our government

”, admits, bitterly, a Renaissance heavyweight at the exit of the National Assembly.

This other member of the majority abounds: “

The gap is not large enough to be reassured for the future.

We are already talking about a resignation of Elisabeth Borne that the president would not accept.


Source: lefigaro

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