Suddenly, the theatre of debate stops and the voices are extinguished. Horror strikes faces. In Annecy, a man has just stabbed six people, including four young children, in a playground. With their eyes glued to their phones, parliamentarians look at each other, stunned. The President of the National Assembly, Yaël Braun-Pivet, solemnly takes the floor. The mine closed, looking serious, she invites the Members present in the Hemicycle to observe a minute of silence "for (the victims), for their families".
On the benches, the 500 or so Members stand up as one. The emotion is palpable, time seems suspended. Like in a cathedral. On the cheeks of some, tears flow. Others modestly lower their heads to mask their emotion. Children are in absolute emergency, between life and death. And, like the rest of the country, the Assembly is in a state of shock.
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When this drama collides with the Palais Bourbon, in the middle of the morning, the debates...
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