Pension reform: with 41,000 amendments, the text is the second most amended of the Fifth Republic

Pension reform: with 41,000 amendments, the text is the second most amended of the Fifth Republic

The record was reached in 2006 by the GDF privatization project: 137,449 amendments had been tabled in the Assembly.

The hemicycle of the National Assembly, in Paris, February 11, 2020 (THIERRY THOREL / NURPHOTO / AFP)

This is the second record of the Fifth Republic. The pension reform project, examined in the hemicycle of the National Assembly from Monday, February 17, comes second among the most amended texts in France since 1958, with 41,000 amendments tabled, according to a source parliamentary.

The record was reached in 2006 by the GDF privatization project: 14 years ago, 137,449 amendments were tabled in the Assembly for the examination of this bill. Almost all of them had been taken by the Socialist Party and the Communist Party. The early 2000s had already seen an inflation of amendments: nearly 15,000 on La Poste in January 2005, 13,000 on a reform of voting methods in February 2003 and 11,000 on the Fillon pension reform in July 2003 .

A record under this legislature

The previous bills on pensions had not pulverized the counters in this way: after the Fillon reform, that of Eric Woerth had given rise to 600 amendments in 2010, and that of Marisol Touraine 3,000 in 2013.

Under Emmanuel Macron’s five-year term, peaks were reached by the mobility orientation law (LOM), which generated the tabling of nearly 3,500 amendments at first reading. The Housing Act generated some 3,400.

In order to increase the number of amendments, several Members each table the same name in their own name, a process which makes it possible to increase speaking time. Another trick is to break down a proposal into as many amendments as possible. The number of amendments remains above all symbolic of the mobilization against a text. It gives the opposition the means to hold on, but requires endurance in the hemicycle.