France: deputies reject a motion of censure of the government

France: MPs reject government no-confidence motion< /p> UPDATE DAY

PARIS | French MPs on Monday rejected a motion of no confidence from the new government tabled by the left, which had made it a “clarification” vote on opponents of the policies led by President Emmanuel Macron. 

Only 146 elected members of the National Assembly supported this text carried by the alliance of the left Nupes which brings together ecologists, communists, socialists and radical left.

To be adopted, this motion had to obtain an absolute majority , or 289 votes, but the right-wing and far-right oppositions had warned that they would not support the text.

The procedure was intended as a response to Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne's refusal last week to seek the confidence of the French Parliament – a choice that broke with a tradition that has been generally respected until now.

“It it is logical that the refusal of confidence reaps distrust”, estimated Monday the leader of the insubordinate France (LFI, radical left) Mathilde Panot, before the ballot.

“This motion of no confidence will serve as a political clarification: 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 social damage and injustice”, he said. she added in a stormy atmosphere.

“To reject this motion of censure is to respect the vote of the French, it is to refuse instability, it is to accept to judge the government on the acts and on the facts”, replied Elisabeth Borne.

The “French people are fed up with sterile dialogues and the law of postures” and have “sent a clear message” to the elections, added the head of government , a week after calling on the opposition to “build together” compromises in Parliament.

The response from the left-wing opposition was above all symbolic, the groups The Republicans (LR, right, 62 deputies) and the National Rally (RN, far right, 89 deputies) having indicated upstream that they would not support the motion . The Nupes had on paper some 150 votes.

“Paralyzing France and the institutions as this motion proposes is not what the French expect from us, they have given us a mandate to act”, underlined Monday in the hemicycle Michèle Tabarot, deputy LR. However, there is no question of signing a blank check to the executive who, if he does not have the “mistrust” of the right-wing party “today”, does not have “his” confidence.

Get into the thick of it

RN deputy, Alexandre Loubet, for his part, felt that the time was not “for base political maneuvers” but to action “in the service of the French” and assured that his group's opposition to the policy of the executive would not “falter”.

The camp of Head of State Emmanuel Macron, a liberal centrist leader re-elected at the end of April for a second five-year term, lost an absolute majority in the legislative elections at the end of June and now relies on 250 elected officials.

This news complicates the task of the executive, who will have to forge alliances on a case-by-case basis to hope to have the announced reforms adopted, such as that concerning pensions, a traditionally explosive subject in France.

Beyond the symbolic aspect, behind the motion of censure was also the battle for the leadership of the opposition in the lower house of Parliament where the extreme right is the leading opposition group, ahead of a left, more strong in total number of elected officials but scattered in several groups.

At the end of this vote, the National Assembly was to get to the heart of the matter with the examination of the first text of the legislature to from 9:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. GMT): the “health security” bill and its “braking measures” in the face of the resurgence of Covid-19.

The debates should be heated, the RN and certain members of the radical left contesting the bill as a whole and having made no secret of their intention to seize this opportunity to denounce more broadly the health policy of the executive.

A second bill, just as thorny and sensitive, will be examined from July 18 by the deputies, that relating to the “emergency measures for the power purchase order”.