POLITICS – MPs NUPES and LIOT ask for the VAR, National Assembly version. During the session of questions to the government this Tuesday, May 30, the deputies LIOT and NUPES had only one question in mind: “Will the government let the National Assembly decide” June 8 on the bill to repeal the increase in the retirement age from 62 to 64?
The tone was set from the first question, attributed to the president of the environmental group Cyrielle Chatelain: “In a democracy heckled by your government, where the separation of powers is a fundamental principle of our Republic, how far are you ready to go in the deviation of our institutions so as not to lose face? »asked the elected official of Isère to the Prime Minister. “I tell you Madam Prime Minister, be sporty. On June 8, accept your defeat”she concludes, as you can see in the video at the top of the article.
A few moments later, the deputy LIOT Charles de Courson took over. “This bill has a dual objective: finally to allow the National Assembly to decide on the two-year increase in the legal retirement age. And secondly, to launch a pension system financing conference to come up with balanced proposals,” argues the centrist, applauded by the benches of the left and the extreme right.
“Will the government let the National Assembly decide on this bill or will it once again have recourse to provisions aimed at preventing it from being voted on? »he adds, referring to “some rumors” on a possible recourse to blocked voting or “a new meeting of the office of the National Assembly to dismiss this proposal”.
“June 8 is a catch-up session”
Subsequently, it was the GDR deputies Sébastien Jumel and LFI Florian Chauche who insisted. “On the pension reform, the French are waiting for a real vote in the Assembly. No talk, no tricks. […] On June 8, it’s a catch-up session, the French are waiting for it, the French are watching you”launched the first. “We invite you, the communist group, solemnly to allow the examination of this law to take place fully”he adds.
As opponents of the text recalled, the LIOT bill was deemed admissible, first by the office of the National Assembly and then by the chairman of the Finance Committee Éric Coquerel on Tuesday. Nevertheless, the Renaissance group still has a few options to avoid a vote in session and could use them this Wednesday during the examination of the text in committee.
It is ultimately the President of the National Assembly who will have the last word on the holding of the vote. And his position is very clear: “There must be no debate on this article which is clearly unconstitutional. (…) I will take my responsibilities, this is the reason why I am president of the National Assembly”, she said on France 2.
In unison, the majority and the government castigate a bill “unconstitutional because of its cost to public finances (15 billion according to the majority, 270 million according to the opposition). Questioned by Cyrielle Chatelain, Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne reiterated once again her opposition to the examination of the text.
“We do not defend institutions with unconstitutional bills. We do not lie to the French by carrying, with the greatest demagoguery, a text which everyone here knows full well that it would be censored by the Constitutional Council if it reached the end of its parliamentary process.replied the Prime Minister in the hemicycle. “Until the end, we will defend reality against demagoguery and the Constitution against those who question it”she added.
The Minister of Labor Olivier Dussopt for his part responded sharply to Charles de Courson, considering that with this text, the deputy, known to be a fine connoisseur of public finances, “could never again come to this hemicycle and learnedly teach the lesson” on this topic. “Mr. MP for Courson, how do you feel when the National Front and LFI stand up to support you in an admirable identity and extremist pincer movement? »he launched.
The rest of the match must be played this Wednesday, May 31 in the Social Affairs Committee, before the text arrives in the hemicycle on June 8. For a session under high tension, whether the vote takes place or not.
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