The soap opera is not over yet. The France insoumise (LFI) will table a motion of censure against the government, announced their leader of the rebellious deputies, Mathilde Panot. In question, the decision of the president of the National Assembly, Yaël Braun-Pivet, to judge "financially inadmissible" the amendments to repeal retirement at 64 years. These texts had been tabled by the Nupes and the Liot group (Freedoms, Independents, Overseas and Territories) after the unravelling of the bill by the majority, last week, in the Social Affairs Committee.
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The announcement did not fail to react the oppositions, who had tried to convince the tenant of the Perchoir to let the deputies vote. Deprived of the flagship text of their parliamentary niche, the Liot group denounced "an unprecedented attack on the rights of Parliament", confirming a "denial of democracy". These independents led in particular by Charles de Courson argue: "Under pressure from the executive, the President of the National Assembly has therefore chosen to prevent, for the first time since 1958, the examination of an amendment restoring a provision of an initial text, whose admissibility had been recognized twice (by the Bureau of the Assembly and by the President of the Finance Committee). It constitutes a challenge to the constant practice of the Constitution".
"The majority is afraid of MPs"
An observation shared by the president of the Finance Committee, Eric Coquerel, who had himself deemed "admissible" the proposal of this central formation. In a statement published in the aftermath, the Insoumise also deplored "a weakening of parliamentary democracy". "In the long term, no true democrat will be able to find his account," he warned, while Yaël Braun-Pivet neither consulted him nor warned him of his decision. The President of the National Assembly even judged that Eric Coquerel was "out of his institutional role" by not rejecting the repeal text.
Macronist deputies are "ready for anything. They are pitiful," added his rebellious colleague, François Ruffin. If she had refused for a time to activate article 40, Yaël Braun-Pivet "preferred the role of gun-bearer to that of guarantor of the institutions," castigated the ecologist Sandrine Rousseau. The boss of the socialists, Boris Vallaud, for his part, judged the decision "serious", worrying about the will of the presidential camp "to block" that of the French and the representatives of the people.
Outrage also spread to the benches of the National Rally (RN), which supported the repeal of retirement at 64. "The majority is afraid of the deputies, afraid of the French, and tramples on the rights of Parliament," responded the vice-president of the National Assembly, Sébastien Chenu. The presidential camp has "used all subterfuges to prevent MPs from voting," added his colleague, Thomas Ménagé. Enough to raise the temperature a notch, on the eve of a session that promises to be stormy.