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Emmanuel Macron in search of appeasement and balance

A majority in turmoil, tens of thousands of demonstrators in the street … Emmanuel Macron sees his regal turn of recent weeks turn into a political crisis.

Saturday, November 28, more than 130,000 people according to the Ministry of the Interior – and 500,000 according to the organizers – marched in a hundred cities in France against police violence and to demand the withdrawal of article 24 of the proposal of “global security” law. A crowd swelled by the excitement aroused by the revelation of videos showing the beating by police officers of Michel Zecler, or reporting the muscular evacuation of a migrant camp, Place de la République, in Paris.

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After having proclaimed his ” shame ” Faced with these actions, the Head of State must now appease a situation that mobilizes even his voters in 2017. “I saw friends in this demonstration, who usually do not take to the streets. People who, politically, sociologically, are close to us ”, underlines a macronist, who is worried about a possible ritualization of the parades, as in the time of the “yellow vests”.

Main object of the offense, article 24, which provides for penalizing the malicious dissemination of images of police officers. The latter could be resumed, despite the adoption by the deputies, on November 24, of the bill. “We must review our copy, rework, redo auditions”, agreed, on France Inter, the president (La République en Marche, LRM) of the Law Commission of the National Assembly, Yaël Braun-Pivet, who deplores the “Ambient disorder”.

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The subject was the subject of a meeting, Sunday afternoon in Matignon, between the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, and several leaders of LRM. “This article creates too many tensions, doubts, divisions, but the police should not be given the feeling that they are being abandoned, or that the majority feel disowned, because they voted for it”, sums up a participant.

One solution envisaged would amount to deleting it when the text passes through the Senate at the beginning of 2021, and to be satisfied with article 25 of the future bill against separatism, which sanctions the fact of disseminating information about a person “With the aim of exposing her or members of her family to an immediate risk of harm to life, or to physical or mental integrity”. An offense punished more severely when it is committed against a depositary of public authority.

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