A very relative majority in the Assembly

A very relative majority in the Assembly

The government, regularly beaten by opposition in the assembly, can also be thwarted by its own troops, from the demanding allies of MoDem and Horizons to the Renaissance group, some of whom no longer hesitate to oppose the government’s opinion agree.

MODEM, SERIES CONTINUED. As expected, the relative presidential majority suffered several setbacks in this first week of the budget session. But not only on the initiative of the opposition. “We have groups that have understood that they have a new weight. Everything has changed. Everything has its price,” sums up a stock market expert.

Evidenced by this amendment by the head of MoDem MP Jean-Paul Mattei on “superdividend”, which was widely accepted by votes on the left and the National Assembly on Wednesday night. Horizons MPs abstained and the Renaissance group was somewhat split: 74 votes against, 5 abstentions and 19 votes in favour, including that of Deputy Prime Minister Freddy Sertin.

The President of the MoDem Group in the National Assembly Jean-Paul Mattei leaves the Hotel Matignon in Paris on September 21, 2022 (AFP – Thomas SAMSON)

“Not a political coup,” but “a parliamentary coup” on a “substantial issue,” declared Mr. Mattei. But also a new proof of independence from the party of François Bayrou, which had spoken out at the beginning of the school year against a “forced passage” in pensions. And not on a trivial topic: the taxation of extraordinary gains and income, which the executive has been pursuing for several months.

So an elected opposition official sees through this new episode as “a Macron-Bayrou confrontation.” “Because Mattei Bayrou is live,” assures this old trucker.

As usual, the majority tries to put things in perspective. “It hasn’t generated much excitement. It’s bullshit on Mattei’s part to materialize the differences of opinion in addition to the oppositions through this amendment which, moreover, will not be passed as there will be a 49.3 and obviously he will.” be challenged,” predicts a Renaissance MP.

2027 ON THE HORIZON. The case of former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and his troops seems more delicate for Renaissance, where we can easily distinguish between “the historic ally” MoDem and the party created by the mayor of Le Havre at the end of 2021, whose presidency nobody doubts Strategy for 2027.

“I understood that Renaissance would decide in 2024 how it will determine its candidate. When the time comes, Horizons will too, and I think that we will not have primaries,” Édouard Philippe slipped to the Parisian.

Unlike François Bayrou, Mr Philippe had shown his support for Elisabeth Borne, regardless of the timeline chosen for pension reform. But his recent pronouncements – starting age at “65, 66, 67”, criticism of France‘s deficit stance – if not new, have been as badly received within the Renaissance Party and faction majority as the budget fight was underway.

And at the Palais Bourbon, more “postcards” are feared after Horizons MPs voted this summer on an amendment on communes against the government’s opinion.

“The existence of Horizons upsets a lot of people,” sweeps one Filipino executive, who critics at Renaissance “are out of place, especially when they have 19 people who voted for the Mattei amendment.”

REBIRTH AND EMANCIPATION. Everyone in the presidential party affirms that there are “no slingers”, this reference to François Hollande’s five-year term in office, an absolute anti-model for Emmanuel Macron.

Rebellious? “Never. No. But I don’t let go of anything on social and environmental issues,” explains left-wing MP Stella Dupont, who voted in particular for the MoDem change to “super dividends” or even for a tax credit the rest of all nursing home residents agree pay, again without government approval.

La <a href=France Insoumise (LFI) MP and President of the Finance Committee of the National Assembly Eric Coquerel at the National Assembly in Paris, October 10, 2022 (AFP – Christophe ARCHAMBAULT)” style=”float:left”/>
La France Insoumise (LFI) MP and President of the Finance Committee of the National Assembly Eric Coquerel at the National Assembly in Paris, October 10, 2022 (AFP – Christophe ARCHAMBAULT)

49.3’s prospect of forcing adoption of the draft budget may partly explain these dissenting votes. “It’s a complicated exercise for everyone, including the majority,” because “we’re losing control,” explains the MP.

“Parliament is so divided that we are not divided among ourselves,” we lament Renaissance. The chairman of the Finance Commission, the rebellious Éric Coquerel, rubs his hands: “This government is increasingly in the minority.”


Reference: www.challenges.fr

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