The atmosphere was tense on Thursday evening in the Law Commission of the National Assembly. According to Le Figaro, the tone has risen between the rebellious deputy Ugo Bernacilis and several deputies of the majority.
The daily explains that the LFI deputy would have reproached the president of the Law Commission, the deputy of the majority Sacha Houlié, to organize an examination of the immigration bill at the same time as the parliamentary niche of France insoumise, which took place at the same time in public session.
He is said to have called for the "suspension" of the session so that the rebellious deputies could attend. The tone is then said to have risen with several deputies of the majority, including Sacha Houlié. The LFI MP would then have positioned himself standing in the middle of the other parliamentarians. "You'll have to use physical force if you want to fire me!" he reportedly said.
'They didn't come to blows'
According to Le Figaro, Ugo Bernacilis allegedly "prevented" Liot MP Christophe Naegelen from presenting an amendment. The latter then grabbed his arm and tempers flared a little, but did not go any further. "The atmosphere was volcanic, but they didn't come to blows as such," said MP Emmanuelle Ménard (non-attached). An elected official quoted by our colleagues nevertheless mentions "a very clear physical altercation".
After the incident, Sacha Houlié announced his intention to refer the matter to the presidency of the Assembly for the "serious disturbances" and "incredible mess" caused by Ugo Bernacilis.