the debates skate in the final stretch
By Wally Bordas Posted 23 minutes ago , Update 1 minute ago LFI MP Manuel…
By Wally Bordas
23 minutes ago
Update 1 minute ago
LFI MP Manuel Bompard (bottom, center), during a discussion session on pension reform, at the Assembly, February 16, 2023. LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP
DECRYPTION – LFI played cat and mouse with the Macron camp all day, not withdrawing its amendments despite the rumours.
“Important. The vote on part I of the pensions this evening, and the amendments to delete article 7 by noon tomorrow. Presence highly desired.” The message is signed Olivier Marleix, the president of the group Les Républicains in the National Assembly. It is sent via the WhatsApp loop of LR deputies this Thursday, just before the lunch break. Like other parliamentarians, Marleix has just got wind of the mid-day rumors: La France insoumise is preparing to withdraw several thousand amendments, which would have the direct consequence of considerably speeding up discussions on pension reform and to allow certain votes. This, just one day before the end of the debates at the Palais Bourbon and while the discussions have largely suffered from a massive parliamentary obstruction of the Insoumis deputies, monopolizing the floor for many evenings over the past fortnight.
Very early this Thursday, when the examination of the text had just resumed in the Hemicycle…