Pension reforms are not yet a fact in France. Despite the promulgation of the law by Emmanuel Macron when the Constitutional Council did not challenge it, today the government suffers a threat that it makes him desperate.
The National Assembly could vote its revocation thanks to LIOT (Liberties, Independents, Overseas and Territories), a group of centrists, who know the legislative regulations well, and accuse the government of behave undemocratically and warns him that he will fall for it.
The text of the Liot group was discussed this Wednesday in the Social Affairs Commission, after being accepted for treatment on Tuesday.
An amendment was adopted today remove item 1, which provides for the abrogation of the retirement age at 64. Macronia won it with 38 votes against 34. But the text of the opponents is not buried.
This will dampen the hopes of opponents of the reform. But the centrists Can you get enough votes?especially among the conservative Republican fringes, and win.
gears are back
The legislative soap opera paralyzes the French trade unions they mobilize again next June 6 to continue protesting against the reform and the dialogue with the government does not advance. The end is uncertain.
The outcome is close. If there is a vote, it must be June 8th, two days after the union march, which is advertised huge. But, waiting for the epilogue, each new episode fuels the media coverage and the discussions in the different sections of the National Assembly.
These are the positions in the early hours of this great fight.
In this session of the Social Affairs Commission, the interest of the majority was to suppress the first article of the bill, which provided for the repeal of the postponement of the legal retirement age to 64 years. It’s done.
With 38 votes in favour, 34 against and one abstention, the deputies voted in favor of the suppression of article 1 – and therefore, more generally, against the abrogation of the retirement age at 64. Macronia won that chapter.
The idea, for the presidential field, is now to go to the end of the examination board, first its passage in the Hemicycle on 8 June.
At that point, the LIOT group will only be able to reintroduce its measure through an amendment. But the macronist president of the Assembly, Yaël Braun-Pivet, will know how to wield the ax of financial eligibility and prevent a vote in the hemicycle. It will then be the end of the attempt to repeal the reform and destabilize the executive.
On the other hand, the interest of the various oppositions is that the examination of the text does not go all the way. Therefore, it is the initial text -without the amendments voted in committee, and therefore with article 1- that it will be examined in the session of 8 June.
Repeal supporters had one other option in trying to pass repeal: Remove all sections of the bill. Even in these conditions, it is the initial text that is examined in the Hemicycle. This is probably what they just tried to do.
Lots of centrist experience
Onsier de Courson, the centrist MP who inspired this revocation, is one of the MPs with more experience in its mechanisms Tables an amendment aimed at deleting Article 2 (which provides for the organization of a “conference on the financing of the pension system”).
The rapporteur of the text argued that this proposal no longer made sense, since Article 1 had been deleted. But, if this reform were adopted, the text would have been emptied of its content and the way would have been opened for a return to the Hemicycle of the original text. Legislative tricks.
MEPs have just voted to keep Article 2. So for now this technique is no longer an option.
As for the extension of the debates, it is threatened by the decision of the chairman of the social affairs committee of without examining the thousands of amendments just presented, mainly by the deputies of France Insoumise.
The committee office is currently in a meeting, probably to decide on the continuation of the discussions, which have escalated badly.
Do you vote or not?
The big question today is whether or not the bill, which aims to repeal part of the June 8 pension reform, will be debated and voted on in the parliamentary niche of the Liot group.
One week from the fateful date, uncertainty remains and it’s a tour de force between savvy centrist MPs, who voted and were disillusioned with Macron and the pro-government, and what’s left of Macronia and their circumstantial allies.
This Wednesday, the debates on the bill began in the Social Affairs Commission, and they will probably come to an end.
“The idea is to win the vote in the commission and then pronounce the inadmissibility shortly before – or right during – the public session of June 8”, slips a manager of the Renacimiento, the party in government.
The arts and trappings of the Assembly in full swing. Republican MP Justine Gruet, who a few weeks ago voted in favor of the motion of no confidence against the executive, will be replaced by Véronique Louwagie, who supports the postponement of the age of majority. While Anne-Laure Blin will take the place of colleague Thibault Bazin.
In the hands of Braun-Pivet
Several sources also indicate that Yaël Braun-Pivet, president of the Assembly and macronist, would then consider convening an exceptional office on Thursday, to rule on the “inadmissibility of the text”. And so Put an end to this regulatory confusion.
“Politically, if the text is rejected in committee, it would be much easier for you declare it inadmissible in session. Only the regulations would apply”, deciphers a heavyweight of the relative majority.
Another Renaissance deputy concluded, optimistic: “Only one thing is certain, and that is that in a few days, finally, the pension reform will be abandoned. “Because after long hesitation, hesitating between obstruction, refusal or laissez-faire, macronia has decided: here it is decided to break down the text repeal led by Liot. Whatever is needed.”
On Tuesday, Insumiso Éric Coquerel delivered his verdict, several days after the project was blocked by the president of the commission for social affairs, Fadila Khattabi (Renaissance), who called him to comment on the text.
Before the press, the president of France’s finance commission Insoumisa confirmed that this bill was, according to him, “admissible”, while he assured that it was “as factual” as possible, despite his belonging to an opposition party.
The presidential troops, who cThey consider this initiative “unconstitutional” to “article 40” – which establishes that a law enacted by parliamentarians cannot degrade public finances – they reacted immediately. The Renaissance group issued a scathing statement, accusing Coquerel “of having freed himself from respect for his office” and the Constitution.
In recent days, ministers and deputies from the Macron camp have also done so media releases multiplied to “turn up the pressure,” according to one of them. Without being able to destabilize the Insumisos.
They haven’t reached the end yet
However, this departure of Eric Coquerel is far from ending the discussions. A few minutes before the announcement of the LFI deputy, the macronist president of the National Assembly, Yaël Braun-Pivet, announced that she “will assume responsibility” so that there is no “debate” on this “unconstitutional” proposal.
Implicit: he will not hesitate, when it seems necessary and appropriate, to convene an exceptional office of the Assembly, a circle in which the Macronist camp is the majority, to pronounce once again on the admissibility of this proposal. And then refuse it.
The soap opera continues. France awaits. Summer has arrived and these are the last chances to “put to bed” and put the pension reform to sleep or relaunch it. It is in the hands of the National Assembly.
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