566 amendments tabled, abolition may not arrive in the arena of the Assembly – Liberation


The rebellious deputies deplored on Tuesday the parliamentary obstruction put in place against the texts of their parliamentary niche to prolong the debates and prevent certain texts, such as the one aimed at banning bullfighting, from being voted on.

The rumor had been buzzing for weeks in the corridors of the Palais Bourbon, here it is about to be confirmed. Despite its inclusion on the agenda for this Thursday, the divisive bill aimed at abolishing bullfighting on French territory, defended by the deputy for Paris Aymeric Caron, risks not being submitted to the vote of the deputies. Lack of time. Opponents – all camps combined – to the text have cleverly organized themselves to lengthen the debates scheduled for this day as much as possible, by filing hundreds of amendments on the various unsubdued texts. 566 were for the only text of the former journalist, we learn this Tuesday. What compromise his passage in the hemicycle. Or at least to prevent the examination from going to completion.

Because for this day of parliamentary niche which allows any group, including the opposition, to decide on the texts debated in the hemicycle, the proposal of Aymeric Caron only appears in fourth position. “It’s a rank that allows you to be examined if the previous debates do not last too long”, was analyzing with Freed a few days ago a PS deputy, while the groups benefit from twenty-four hours and not a minute more to try to have their texts voted on.

This Thursday, the debates around the proposals positioned in front of the abolition of bullfighting seem set to last. 26 amendments were tabled for the proposal to create a commission of inquiry into Uber Files, 110 for the bill to increase the Smic to 1,600 euros and 233 for the constitutionalization of abortion. And despite “a leeway” hoped for by Caron two weeks ago, the latter did not manage to reverse the order of the texts. Difficult to sacrifice two of the main proposals of the rebellious program.

This Tuesday morning at a press conference, the LFI deputies did not fail to denounce the parliamentary maneuver of their opponents. “I deplore the anti-democratic obstruction that is made on the only day we have to choose the agenda of the National Assemblyregretted the president of the group Mathilde Panot. It would be extremely damaging for our Assembly since it would mean in the end that you will find yourself with none of the groups which could not pass an entire text in their parliamentary niche.. “It’s dangerous”she continued, stating that these amendments are intended to “prevent any debate on major issues”.

Trolls and Synonyms

As denounced by the rebels on Tuesday, the vast majority of the 566 amendments tabled on the bill to abolish bullfighting are intended to slow down the debates and prevent the vote. Several RN, LR, non-registered or majority deputies play trolls by proposing, for example, to reformulate the title of the bill “Abolish bullfighting: one small step for animals, one giant leap for humanity”. The non-registered deputy close to the extreme right Emmanuelle Ménard suggests adding the phrase “and take Paris for the center of the world”. Macronist Patrick Vignal, who demonstrated last Saturday with elected RNs in defense of this practice, suggests renaming the text “abolish bullfighting: one small step for the animal, one giant leap for the mosquito”. Not to mention the elected RN of Gard, Yoann Gillet, who seems to have exhausted all possible dictionaries of synonyms by submitting the same amendment several times by simply changing a small word. The vice-president of the far-right group alone tabled 156 amendments. Including a subtly proposing to rename the bill “to impose the ideology of the eaters of seeds on the inhabitants of the south of France”.

Parliamentary obstruction, however, remains an ancestral practice of the Palais Bourbon, which the rebellious had also used in February 2020 during the abortive debate on pensions. The group then chaired by Jean-Luc Mélenchon had tabled more than 19,000 amendments to slow down the examination of the bill. At the beginning of October, Mathilde Panot had not ruled out the filing of 75,000 amendments by the rebellious for the imminent return of the thorny reform in the hemicycle. The sprinkler watered?


Source: Libération by www.liberation.fr.

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