The Assembly rejects the motion of censure on the left

The Assembly rejects the motion of censure on the left

Only 146 votes for: the National Assembly on Monday rejected the motion of censure on the left of the government of Elisabeth Borne, who had denounced in advance a “trial of intent”, where the Nupes sees it as a “clarification”. The left alliance did not quite make the full of the 151 votes in total of the rebellious, socialists, ecologists and communists. Six socialists defected, including Valérie Rabault and a non-signatory of the motion, Dominique Potier. The only voter outside Nupes is the sovereignist Nicolas Dupont-Aignan.

This is far from enough to overthrow the government, which would have required an absolute majority of 289 votes and was impossible without the votes of the LR and RN. “It was not a surprise. La Nupes wanted to be counted”, reacted to AFP Ms. Borne. “Now we get to work.” For government spokesman Olivier Véran, “the Nupes congress is over”.

“The moment of truth has come. This motion of no confidence will take the place of political clarification”, had previously attacked the leader of the LFI group Mathilde Panot facing the Prime Minister. “Those who will not vote for this motion of no confidence will be the supporters of your policy”, from pension reform to “the policy of breakage and social injustice”, she added in a stormy atmosphere.

The motion was conceived as a show of “distrust” towards Elisabeth Borne, who does not have an absolute majority in the National Assembly and did not seek a vote of confidence on July 7, during her policy statement. “You do not draw your legitimacy from legislative elections, or even from Parliament” and “you are, in this function (head of government), a democratic anomaly”, had still launched Ms. Panot, in front of sparse ranks, particularly in the majority .

Ms. Borne immediately retorted: “We are debating a motion of censure sewn with a trial of intent which is an obstacle to parliamentary work”. “The French are tired of sterile dialogues and the law of postures,” added the head of government who last week called on the opposition to “build together” compromises in Parliament.

“You have taken on a little too much confidence”, had engaged the communist Pierre Dharréville, when the number one of the PS Olivier Faure had pointed to the “tacit majority” formed by the macronists with LR and “the risk of a majority of opportunity with the RN”. But it is the leader of LFI Jean-Luc Mélenchon who “calls on the voices of the RN to come in support” of the motion, had replied the boss of the LREM deputies Aurore Bergé: “The honeymoon is with you ” .

“Neither distrust nor trust”

For its part, the far-right group, in search of respectability, refused to vote in favor of the motion, seeking to embody “a dignified, firm, constructive opposition”, had justified Alexandre Loubet at the podium. “We do not need a crisis of the regime”, he continued, denouncing a “motion of imposture”.

On the LR side, the same lack of support for the left-wing motion, perceived by some as “outrageous”. “You do not have our distrust today, but you do not have our confidence for all that”, justified in front of Ms. Borne their speaker Michèle Tabarot, whose group will judge on documents.

“Uber Files” remained a distant subject. The left has only made simple allusions to these revelations by the press of privileged exchanges between society and Emmanuel Macron when he was at Bercy. According to Mathilde Panot, the president “drives for Uber”. In the evening, the Assembly will take up the bill on health security and its “braking measures” in the face of the resurgence of COVID-19, the first text of the legislature.

It aims to extend health data collection systems (Covid tests, vaccination) and set up a border health pass if the health situation so requires. The RNs or certain elected Nupes contest the entire bill and intend to put the health policy carried out on trial.

The debates should be animated about the Overseas Territories. The text provides that the possible health pass at the borders applies for journeys between mainland France and overseas territories.

(With AFP)

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