Eric Ciotti and Les Républicains more divided than ever after the use of 49.3
Alexandre Chauveau, edited by Loane Nader
10:37 a.m., March 17, 2023
While Les Républicains were expected to be the most important supporters of the pension reform, they now represent the pillars of the challenge to 49.3, explained by Elisabeth Borne. A good part of its deputies designated to join the movement in favor of the motion of censure tabled by the Liot group.
The group of Republicans is no longer a major ally for the government after the latest episode in a long series of 49.3 drawn by the Prime Minister. This time, its use concerns pension reform, a decision that does not suit all members of the right-wing party. Several advisers at the Élysée criticize Olivier Marleix and Eric Ciotti for having knowingly overestimated the number of votes in favor of the bill, in the ultimate attempt to hide the lack of authority over their troops.
Eric Ciotti rejects responsibility for 49.3
But the leader of the party refuses to endorse, alone, the burden of training the use of 49.3: “The majority is not unanimous either, so it is quite easy to make the Republicans bear this responsibility. ” On the right, the divisions are however well marked. Eric Ciotti, for example, announced this Thursday that no motion of censure would be voted by Les Républicains, before being denied by several elected members of his group in the process. The latter affirm not to prohibit anything, like Pierre-Henri Dumont, opponent of the first hour.
“We think we should have a much stronger counter-project to present and perhaps there was a lack of discussion between us. We may have been able to a little too early. So, on the method (of negotiation) , we have something to review.”, regrets the deputy, who intends to learn from the latest adventures. Pierre-Henri Dumont also calls on LR to agree upstream on the next bills, under penalty of seeing the birth of new divisions at Les Républicains.