Operation cuddle therapy.
After the non-adoption of two motions of censure Monday in the National Assembly against the pension reform, Emmanuel Macron wanted to remobilize his troops.
Tuesday evening, the President of the Republic therefore received the deputies and senators during a reception at the Élysée.
Objective: to close the ranks of its majority after the incomprehension and disarray caused by the outbreak of 49.3 last week.
The parliamentarians may have defended the method of the Head of State, many deputies had expressed their desire to go to the vote on such an emblematic reform.
LIVE - Pension reform: Emmanuel Macron on TF1 and France 2 Wednesday at 1 p.m.
While the oppositions have castigated in recent days a constitutional article synonymous with democratic denial, Emmanuel Macron has
defended the chosen process.
"Using the Constitution to pass a reform is always a good thing if we want to be respectful of our institutions",
thundered the Head of State according to comments reported by participants.
Because after seeing the Borne government saved from the Liot group's motion of censure, rejected by nine votes, the oppositions found fuel there to continue their fight.
“In a democracy, it is not because a text passes very few channels that it is illegitimate.
(…) It was demonstrated yesterday that there was no alternative majority to yours
,” replied the president.
Which shows the muscles in the face of episodes of violence that affect several large cities every evening.
“Our course is clear.
We must guarantee the democratic and republican order”,
insists Emmanuel Macron, who refuses that
“a form of inversion of values settles”
The Head of State even goes a little further:
"no legitimacy in the face of the people who express themselves sovereign through their elected officials"
"the riot does not prevail over the representatives of the people."
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If the decision to activate 49.3 was mocked as much by the opposition as by the unions, the President of the Republic recognizes that, since the presentation of the reform at the beginning of January, the executive “has not succeeded in sharing the constraint
with political forces and social forces.
Way to better
his majority who "
was present until the end".
And Emmanuel Macron to cajole his audience further: “
My thanks also go to all of you because the majority groups have held up flawlessly.
You held the debates in unprecedented circumstances of incivility, brutality and heckling with remarks that are not acceptable.
“By blowing hot and cold, the tenant of the Élysée henceforth wishes the opening of
“a period where it is necessary to appease, calm, return to the field and listen to anger.”
Comforting words for his ministers at the front
It must be said that the president never misses an opportunity to rail against the behavior and outbursts of the Nupes in recent weeks in the Assembly.
In a very explosive context where the Minister of Labor was the preferred target of the opposition during the parliamentary debate, Emmanuel Macron took advantage of being in front of his troops to "have a special
word for Olivier Dussopt who carried the text with great courage despite heinous attacks”.
While welcoming the work of the Minister Delegate in charge of Public Accounts Gabriel Attal and the Minister Delegate in charge of Relations with Parliament Franck Riester.
While the reform has yet to be enacted and examined by the Constitutional Council, Emmanuel Macron is already looking to the future to restart his second five-year term:
“We must also make progress on three major advances for the French: health, school and education. 'ecology.
And at the same time, we must organize the society of full employment to think about the end of careers, long careers and painful careers while senior unemployment is at its lowest for fifteen years.
It only remains for Emmanuel Macron to explain his choices and his ambitions to the French.
That's good: the president is the guest of the news of TF1 and France 2 Wednesday at 1 p.m.