The executive under tension on the eve of a big day of mobilization

Alexandre Chauveau

On Tuesday, social tension is likely to rise a notch since an interprofessional strike is announced. With this mobilization, the government is on a crest line on the eve of a decisive vote for the 2023 budget bill. Some members of the government competent on the All Saints holidays and the improvements promised by Elisabeth Borne for an improvement in the situation.


Tomorrow, the strike will be general. The mobilization scheduled for Tuesday, October 18 should affect many sectors at the stage of transport, truck drivers but also schools, nurseries and municipal agents. This social discontent puts the government in a delicate position on the eve of the vote for the 2023 budget bill.

“It’s the hardest week to pass”

In the aftermath of the march against high prices led by the Nupes and on the eve of this great strike, the government is caught in a vice between, on the one hand, its desire to reform and, on the other, the fear of exacerbating a climate Already very tense social. “Yes, it will move”, predicts a deputy of the majority to Europe 1. “It is the hardest week to pass”, adds a minister, who is counting on the start of the All Saints holidays and the improvements promised by Elisabeth Borne to see the situation settle.

The executive is rather satisfied with the relatively average mobilization on Saturday during the march against the high cost of living. Nevertheless, the government is monitoring very closely the extent of the strike movement tomorrow. The use of 49.3 in the National Assembly to pass the budget should also wait until the middle of the week in order to avoid authoritarianism trials.

“Things can be settled at the assembly”

The majority wants to place the responsibility for 49.3 on the oppositions, accused of adopting political postures for Les Républicains who will not vote for the text or of voting for amendments deemed financeable for the National Rally and Nupes. Gabriel Attal, Minister of Public Accounts, says he wants to use 49.3 as late as possible. This position is considered useless by some MEPs in view of the known points of view of the various groups.

However, it is shared by other elected members of the majority. “It’s up to us to show that things can be settled at the assembly and not in the street”, summarizes a member of the left wing of the macronie.


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