Posted on Jan 5, 2022, 8:20 a.m.Updated Jan 5, 2022 11:17 AM
After being paused for the first time during the night of Monday to Tuesday, the examination of the bill on the vaccination pass experienced a second interruption last night. “The conditions for a calm work are not met”, declared, shortly before 2 hours, the chairman of the session, Marc Le Fur (LR), announcing that the debates of this first reading would resume this Wednesday at 3 pm.
In question, the declarations of Emmanuel Macron on his wish, expressed in the columns of the “Parisian”, “to piss off the unvaccinated”. These remarks set fire to the powders in the spans of the Assembly, causing chaos and an outcry that the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, was unable to appease.
The elected opposition have, in fact, unleashed against the statements of Emmanuel Macron. “A president should not say that”, pointed out for example Pascal Brindeau (UDI and independent). “I cannot endorse a text which aims to piss off the French”, for his part, indignant Christian Jacob, the president of LR. While Sébastien Jumel (Democratic and Republican Left), considered that this declaration was akin to a “sanitary Benalla”.
Multiplying the suspensions of meetings and requests for a point of order, the windy MPs finally demanded, in vain, the arrival of Prime Minister Jean Castex. So that he can explain himself, in the words of Fabien Roussel (Democratic and Republican Left), “on the real agenda and the government’s intentions”.
Almost 450 amendments are still to be considered
This new stop of the debates, even if they are supposed to resume in the afternoon of Wednesday, weighs again on the initial schedule of the executive which aims for an implementation of the vaccination pass for January 15. Even if, assures this Wednesday to the “Echos” the spokesman of the government, Gabriel Attal, the vaccine pass will come into force indeed “around mid-January”.
However, in the current state, no less than 450 amendments are still on the menu for this first reading in the Assembly. And nothing says that the tension will be eased when the debate resumes in the afternoon. And that Marc Le Fur will be able, as he did on Tuesday when the debate resumed after the traditional session of questions to the government, to ensure that “all the conditions are met for us to have a peaceful debate”.
Before this new interruption of the session, the deputies had managed to agree on the fact of implementing a health pass, rather than a vaccination pass for those under 16, especially during “school trips”, ” extracurricular and extracurricular activities ”. The amendment of the Socialist Group, subamended by the government, was in fact adopted almost unanimously: 386 votes in favor and only 2 against.