The presidential candidate Valérie Pécresse reacted to the challenge by the Polish Constitutional Court of the primacy of European law. In the tradition of Michel Barnier, the president of the region challenged this primacy.
Valérie Pécresse (ex-LR), candidate for the nomination of the Republicans for the presidential election, in turn this October 13 contested the primacy of European law over the “constitutional identities” of EU member states after the Polish example .
On CNews, she said she was “very shocked” by the order given in July to Poland by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) to immediately cease the activities of the disciplinary chamber of its Supreme Court, institution set up as part of a reform of the country’s judicial system.
In the process, the Polish Constitutional Court challenged the primacy of European law over Polish law.
“Europe exercises its magisterium within the framework of the treaties which are above our laws but cannot be above our constitutional identities, neither that of Poland, nor that of France”, estimated Valérie Pécresse .
“Europe is the Europe of nations. This means that our constitutional laws, our constitutional identity, each and every sovereign state, must take precedence over European jurisdiction, ”she defended.
During this interview, the candidate also addressed the issue of immigration at the heart of many speeches among presidential candidates. “We must reduce legal immigration […] We have to put in place quotas by saying that we can choose who we welcome, ”she said.
“We must reduce legal immigration […] We must set up quotas by saying that we can choose who we welcome ”, Valérie Pécresse, President of the Ile-de-France region and candidate for the presidential election in #LaMatinalepic.twitter.com/dIcbyjh7nm
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In the tradition of Michel Barnier
Before her, other candidates for the Elysée had challenged the primacy of European law.
At Les Républicains, the former Brexit negotiator and nomination contestant Michel Barnier defends, to the amazement of many of his former colleagues in Brussels, the need for “legal sovereignty”, but only in matters of immigration, because there will be “other Brexits” if nothing changes.
Xavier Bertrand (ex-LR) proposes to introduce into the Constitution “a mechanism for safeguarding the superior interests of France” and Eric Ciotti (LR) wants “to modify article 55 of the Constitution to affirm the primacy of the Constitution over European decisions ”.
On the left, the ex-PS candidate Arnaud Montebourg judges that “the defense of the national sovereignty of the member states is fundamental”, even if he “does not approve of the clerical and reactionary government of Poland”.
The government considers the Polish decision to be an “attack on the EU”, in the words of Clément Beaune, the French Secretary of State for European Affairs.
As to whether Poland still has its place within the EU, Emmanuel Macron believes that “Europe should not be a project that resolves its problems or its disagreements by excluding.”