Budget: Government to fall back to 49.3 but not on Monday
The government should use article 49.3 of the constitution to have the first part of its draft budget approved in the assembly without a vote, but not on Monday, Elisabeth Borne said on Sunday evening.
The opposition groups “almost all confirmed to me that they would not vote for the budget and that they would even vote against it. So we will undoubtedly have to fall back to 49.3, but unlike Jean-Luc Mélenchon, it won’t be tomorrow,” the prime minister said on TF1 on Monday.
The head of government, who lacks an absolute majority in the National Assembly, said she “would like the debate to take place”: “It is an important debate, there are quality exchanges, there are interesting proposals, some of them, those of the majority and the opposition could be included in the final text”.
Ms. Borne specified that “tomorrow (…) she will have an exchange with the group leaders” of the majority. “We will consider which changes will and will not be included in the final text,” she added, refusing to say whether the change on taxation of super dividends was adopted at the initiative of MoDem and against the advice of the government are among those adopted amendments.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon had said Sunday on the sidelines of the demonstration in Paris “against the high cost of living and climate change inaction” that the Prime Minister “will announce that 49.3 will be applied on Monday or maybe Tuesday – but more likely on Monday.” – because they don’t want the session to resume and parliamentarians to vote on wealth tax amendments”.
Finance Minister Gabriel Attal wished Europe1/CNews/Les Echos on Sunday morning “that we go as far as possible in the budget debate”.
For his part, former Socialist President François Hollande, who was asked about France 3, thought the use of 49.3 was legitimate “when the debate took place”. But in the present case “it may seem sufficient”.
In her view, the leader of the deputies, RN Marine Le Pen, denounced a “denial of the will of the people” by the National Assembly too late in resorting to 49.3.
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