Posted on Jan 6, 2022, 9:39 amUpdated Jan 6, 2022 9:53 AM
“A majority of our group will not oppose this text,” Damien Abad assured Tuesday. With the force of the wrist, the leader of the LR deputies achieved his ends. At dawn this Thursday, the right-wing elected officials were certainly divided during the vote on the bill establishing the vaccination pass, but only 24 (out of 103) voted against.
At the same time, 22 abstained and 28 voted for, among them Damien Abad himself, party chairman Christian Jacob, his number two Annie Genevard and congress battle finalist Eric Ciotti. The others did not take part in the ballot, like the secretary general of LR Aurélien Pradié, who had voted against in session. Former party number two Guillaume Peltier opposed the pass.
Oil on fire
This result contrasts with the first day of work, when 32 Republican deputies out of 36 present in the hemicycle voted on Monday for the deletion of the key article of the text. It was all the more difficult to obtain that Emmanuel Macron had thrown oil on the fire by showing his will, in an interview with the “Parisian” posted online Tuesday evening, to continue to “piss off” the non- vaccinated.
It is an understatement to say that these controversial remarks angered the right-wing deputies. And threatened to harden their positions, at the risk of giving arguments to the government, which was working to pass them off as irresponsible in the face of the Omicron tsunami. Many of them were already very reluctant to introduce the health pass. Anxious to get out of the trap, the LR group decided on Wednesday to resume the debate (interrupted due to the controversy triggered by the head of state) to discuss the substance. “We want an Assembly of respect and responsibility,” Damien Abad explained on Wednesday.
A majority vote against, this Thursday, would also have put Valérie Pécresse at odds when she is working to relaunch her campaign after the truce of the confectioners. “In responsibility […], we will not oppose this text, ”the Republican presidential candidate repeated Tuesday at the inauguration of her campaign headquarters in Paris.
The text is expected early next week in the Senate, where the right is in the majority. Gabriel Attal, the spokesperson for the government, who criticized the “sanitary duplicity of LR”, assured that it will come into force, as expected, “around mid-January”. This Thursday morning, Jean Castex said “strongly” to hope for an entry into force on January 15. “It does not depend only on me and the government …”, slipped the Prime Minister on RMC.