Friday February 21, the debate on pension reform is still bogged down in the National Assembly (Paris). Members are still on Article 1 of a bill that has 65 members.
The debate around the pension reform dragged on Friday February 21. On the fifth day, Members are still considering the first article. The discussion is punctuated by outbreaks of fever. “It’s bullshit, I’m telling you with simple words”, declares Sébastien Jumel, PCF deputy for Seine-Maritime. Over 40,000 amendments have been tabled, but the opposition denies filibustering. “The life of all French people is well worth two months of debate in the National Assembly”, summarizes Éric Woerth, LR deputy for Oise.
“A way of trampling the legislative power”
From now on, the discussion is taking place under the threat of 49.3, which allows a text to be adopted without a vote. An eventuality that makes the opposition jump. “In no case will we accept a coup with a 49.3 which is also a way of trampling on the legislative power, ie the rights of Parliament”, underlines Clémentine Autain, deputy La France insoumise of Seine-Saint-Denis. For its part, the government is ready to assume. 49.3 must be the subject of deliberations in the Council of Ministers. This could be the case as early as Wednesday February 26.