While the examination of the bill on “separatism” aimed at combating radical Islamism has started in the National Assembly, the opposition denounces the number of amendments deemed inadmissible by the special committee.
The examination of the bill on “separatism” has barely begun when the controversy is already in full swing over the amendments to this text rejected as “inadmissible” because they are deemed irrelevant. The examination by a special commission of this text “reinforcing respect for the principles of the Republic” began on January 18 in the late afternoon for the whole week, before debates in the hemicycle from February 1.
A “denial of democracy”, for Damien Abad
A few moments before the start of the committee’s work, the boss of deputies LR Damien Abad denounced the fact that 25% of the amendments emanating from his group “have already been declared inadmissible”. The proportion could reach up to 70%, he feared to the press, denouncing a “denial of democracy” and a “political inadmissibility” aimed at preventing debate on sensitive aspects of this text intended to counter the radical Islamism.
A large part of the 104 amendments of the Parliamentary Group #Franceinsubmissive on the #PJLSeparatism are currently being arbitrarily rejected before any parliamentary debate, because they are deemed “inadmissible”.
I condemn this authoritarian method of #LREM.
– Alexis Corbiere (@alexiscorbiere) January 17, 2021
Same echo on the side of rebellious France, whose leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon has planned to hold a press conference on the morning of January 19. As of January 17, the LFI deputy Alexis Corbière affirmed on Twitter that “a large part” of the group’s amendments were inadmissible, denouncing the “authoritarian method of LREM”.
Also on January 17, LREM deputy Aurore Bergé had taken note of the rejection of an amendment aimed at prohibiting the wearing of the veil for girls, which she had tabled with another Macronist deputy, Jean-Baptiste Moreau.
A rejection castigated by Marine Le Pen, and which shows according to the president of the RN that the government “has no desire to fight against Islamist cancer”.
An unfounded controversy, for François de Rugy
Arguments challenged by the president of the special commission, François de Rugy (LREM), who deplores in a press release “unfounded procedural controversies”. Responsible for his duties at the head of this committee for the admissibility of amendments, the former Minister of Ecological Transition recalled that under the Constitution, it was his responsibility to reject amendments deemed unrelated to the text under consideration. .
“Out of 1,878 amendments tabled, 286 amendments were declared inadmissible under Article 45 (ie a rate of 15.2%). This is a classic proportion for important texts, ”argues the former president of the National Assembly. On this text, “more than 30% of the amendments which will be studied by the committee will be LR amendments”, he still assures.
Last December already, the President of the National Assembly Richard Ferrand had criticized parliamentarians quick to denounce a “form of censorship” for the inadmissible amendments. The upstream elimination of amendments deemed irrelevant “contributes to the clarity (of the debates) by avoiding any dispersion”, he wrote in a letter of which AFP had a copy.