Related MP Renaissance Stella Dupont crossed swords with the Minister of the Interior in a group meeting. Attacked on the immigration bill, toughened by the Senate with his support, Gérald Darmanin explained to him that he had suffered from racism in his youth.
An exchange under very high tension like the debates which are expected in the hemicycle in December. Present during the group meeting of Macronist deputies this Tuesday morning, Gérald Darmanin was questioned on the content of the immigration bill, considerably toughened by the Senate in mid-November.
Related Renaissance MP Stella Dupont accused the Minister of the Interior of “trampling on the original values of Macronism” of the presidential majority, according to information from BFMTV.
MEPs who are concerned about a text deemed unbalanced
The tenant of Place Beauvau is eagerly awaited while the Law Commission began examining this text this Tuesday evening before an examination in session in mid-December. The left wing deputies are worried about the senatorial version, very far from the government’s initial copy which had promised “humanity” and “firmness”.
Under the aegis of the boss of senators LR, the members of the upper house adopted provisions which did not exist in the version presented by the executive.
Among these, we include, for example, the abolition of land law, the end of emergency medical aid or even the deletion of article 3 which sought to create a residence permit for undocumented people who work in sectors under pressure such as construction or catering. With the assent of Gérald Darmanin who welcomed “a co-constructed text”, “enriched by the Senate”.
Darmanin as “a stranger in his political family”
Enough to annoy part of the macronie including Stella Dupont, close to ex-minister Barbara Pompili. The MP is one of the elected officials who defended Article 3 last September alongside environmentalist Julien Bayou and Fabien Roussel on the front page of Libération.
“Very angry” by the questioning of the MP according to a participant, Gérald Darmanin replied that he himself had suffered from racism in his youth “with his curly hair”.
The former pillar of the Republicans, who joined Emmanuel Macron after his presidential victory in 2017, also felt challenged in his political career.
“That’s how I feel, like a stranger in my political family,” said the former mayor of Tourcoing, before recalling that he had been a member of the government for 7 years, and that he was proof of loyalty.
In search of right-wing votes
He also accused Stella Dupont of using the same methods as La France insoumise and the Rassemblement national, which would judge people according to “the environment from which they come”.
If Gérald Darmanin reacted with virulence, it is because the Minister of the Interior knows that he is playing very big. In the Assembly, the forty-year-old must work to convince the macronie. Some of the majority have already announced that they do not want to vote in favor of this text if the creation of a residence permit for professions in shortage was no longer under debate.
The right-wing deputies have already explained that they fiercely refuse to move in this direction. The elected official from the North, however, desperately needs the votes of LR deputies in the absence of an absolute majority. With one objective: to avoid at all costs a 49.3 with very heavy political costs for its future.
“What we gain on one side, we lose on the other, regardless of the text we vote for at the end. It’s squaring the circle,” a Renaissance MP explained to us with a sigh last week .
A forum from those close to the president
In the meantime, the left wing of deputies is determined to continue to play its own part. In a letter obtained by BFMTV.com, several very close or former lieutenants of Emmanuel Macron, such as the co-founder of En marche (ex-Renaissance) Jean-Marc Borello or the economist Jean Pisani-Ferry , wrote to the presidential majority.
In this forum, they urge them to “not vote” on the immigration bill in its senatorial version and are annoyed by its “generalized stigmatization of foreign people”.
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