Bays deserted by deputies, speakers in automatic mode, and a motion of censure largely rejected… This Monday, the last act of the very agitated and highly contested pension reform at the Palais-Bourbon did not unleash pions. Promulgated two months ago, the bill raising the legal retirement age to 64 now has a clear horizon, even if the protests it aroused will leave traces.
Exactly one year after the first round of the legislative elections, the first essment that can be made is that of a persistent blockage of the National embly for lack of an absolute majority for the Macronist camp. The pension reform illustrates this perfectly: thanks to 49.3, it ped without a vote, and, conversely, no majority came to overthrow the government on this text.
LR deputies to absent subscribers
With only 239 votes, the motion of censure tabled by the left – the 17th in a year – was far from the number of votes required (289) to bring down the government of Elisabeth Borne. The Republican (LR) deputies were absent subscribers. Their colleagues from the LIOT group – Liberty, Independence, Overseas Territories and Territories – , although at the origin of a transpartisan motion of censure which failed by nine votes last March, are not, in their vast majority, ociated with the initiative of the left.
The deputies of the National Rally (RN) voted for it, while denouncing a Nupes in “support” of the government. The left has filled up, in what ultimately looks like a last stand against the reform. Last week, the 14th day of mobilization at the initiative of the inter-union ended in failure.
Far from reaching the intensity of those of last week on the LIOT group’s bill to repeal the reform, the debates were nonetheless tense. Until the end, the pension reform was divided. Speaking first, Socialist MP Valérie Rabault accused the government of “discrediting” the National embly. She denounced pressure on Eric Coquerel, the president (La France insoumise) of the Finance Committee, or on the president of the National embly, Yaël Braun-Pivet, to force her to resort to article 40 to empty the proposed LIOT law of its substance. Going further, the president of the LFI group, Mathilde Panot, wondered if France was still a democracy…
Elisabeth Borne replied by denouncing “the inconsistencies, contradictions and demagogy” of the left. She also took care to recall her roadmap to demonstrate, once again, her intention to stay at Matignon . The past pension reform, speculation is redoubled on an upcoming reshuffle.