POLICY – The examination of the bill on the vaccine pass was again suspended in the middle of the night this Wednesday, January 5 due to the storm caused in the National Assembly by President Emmanuel Macron who said he wanted to “piss off” the non -vaccinated.
This crisis, with the surge in contamination due to the Omicron variant -271,000 on Tuesday, with a total of 3,665 people in critical care, will again be on the agenda of a defense council and a council of ministers Wednesday.
“The conditions for peaceful work are not met,” said session chairman Marc Le Fur (LR) shortly before 2 am, announcing that the debates for this first reading would resume this Wednesday at 3 pm.
“Unworthy remarks”, “insulting”, the elected members of the opposition were unleashed against the declarations of the president, multiplying the suspensions of session and requests for reminder of the rules, before demanding, in vain, the arrival of the Prime Minister Jean Castex , in a boosted atmosphere.
“The unvaccinated, I really want to piss them off. And so we will continue to do so, until the end. This is the strategy ”, proclaimed the Head of State in an interview with Parisian. “When my freedom threatens the freedom of others, I become irresponsible. An irresponsible person is no longer a citizen, ”he added.
The boss of LR deputies, Damien Abad, castigated “unworthy, irresponsible and premeditated” remarks which fall under “childish cynicism”, while the president of the Republicans Christian Jacob “refused to endorse a text which aims to piss off the French ”.
At the other end of the hemicycle, Ugo Bernalicis (LFI) denounced a “political crisis triggered by the presidential monarch, who allows himself to insult part of the French”. Mathilde Panot, president of the LFI group, estimated that the vaccine pass project now established a form of “forfeiture of nationality”, like the Communist presidential candidate Fabien Roussel.
The bill on the health pass “is it a text to piss off more ?, or piss off less?” the French, he asked.
Several opposition politicians called in vain for the immediate arrival of Prime Minister Jean Castex in the hemicycle to explain the line of the executive after the words of Emmanuel Macron.
On the government bench, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran tried to explain the presidential word, in a more civilized language. “The evil that is ravaging our country is vaccination which, although important, remains insufficient”, with “millions” of unvaccinated, he explained.
A vaccination pass at 16 for “extracurricular and extracurricular” activities
The president’s remarks ruined a beginning of appeasement at the Palais Bourbon, already agitated the previous night by a surprise vote temporarily suspending work on this text, to the chagrin of the majority.
Early Tuesday evening, the deputies managed to agree on the thorny issue of the vaccination pass for minors, postponed from 12 to 16 years for school trips and peri and extracurricular activities, but not for private activities such as going to school. restaurant.
A compromise voted almost unanimously (386 votes against 2), on the basis of an amendment by the socialist Cécile Untermaier, subamended by the government.
“It’s a good thing for all children and adolescents,” said Damien Abad for LR.
Cécile Untermaier was delighted to see the deputies “land together” on this divisive question of the age of the vaccination pass for young people.
“We manage to build a consensus of compromise”, added Guillaume Gouffier-Cha (LREM).
The vote the day before refusing to continue examining the text all night had already caused a stir.
The oppositions had mocked the inability of the majority to be present in sufficient number in the hemicycle to avoid this “snub”, and denounced the government’s lack of will for dialogue.
The government, for its part, accused the opposition, in particular the LR deputies, of seeking to make a political “coup” without regard to the gravity of the health crisis.
Another 450 amendments remain on the menu for this first reading at the Palais Bourbon.
The executive aims for a final adoption at the end of the week or the beginning of next week of the bill transforming the health pass into a vaccination pass, before it comes into force on January 15.
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