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Macron facing a political crisis

Emmanuel Macron already had to face health, terrorist, economic, social crises… He now finds himself faced with a political crisis.

But this time the executive can only blame itself. The controversy surrounding the proposed law on “global security”, which provides in article 24 to penalize the malicious dissemination of images of police officers, has flared up to the point of opposing two key men in the presidential system: the first Minister, Jean Castex, and the President (La République en Marche, LRM) of the National Assembly, Richard Ferrand.

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The first, first, wanted to respond to the emotion aroused by the revelation of videos showing the violent assault of a music producer by police in the 17e district of Paris. He therefore decided, Thursday, November 26, to set up an independent commission “Responsible for proposing a new writing of article 24”. Without these images, “We would not have known” this case, recognized the Keeper of the Seals, Eric Dupond-Moretti, according to which “We must film”.

Richard Ferrand, outraged by this interference of the executive in parliamentary affairs – and put under pressure by ulcerated deputies -, drew a letter on Friday morning to denounce a “Attack on the missions of Parliament, which alone writes and votes the law”. A position shared by the President (Les Républicains, LR) of the Senate, Gérard Larcher, who for his part calls for the outright withdrawal of this commission. The “global security” text, voted on Tuesday by the National Assembly, must land on the senators’ desk in early 2021.

Castex flip-flop

Jean Castex hastened to do an about-face in front of this sling. “It will not fall within the scope of this commission to propose a rewrite of a legislative provision”, he assured in a letter sent, Friday afternoon, to Richard Ferrand and the president of LRM deputies, Christophe Castaner, two long-time relatives of Emmanuel Macron. This body, headed by the president of the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH), Jean-Marie Burguburu, will aim to “To develop proposals on the best way to reconcile the protection of the security forces and respect for the right to information”, corrected Mr. Castex. Majority leaders were received at Matignon in the evening to define its perimeter.

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