Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Paris – Constitutional Reform: uncertainties after the Senate vote, at the time of the bombings Brussels – The Express

After the Assembly in early February, the Senate passed the draft amendment, by 176 votes against 161, with 11 abstentions, but with Article 2 of the rewritten forfeiture order not to create statelessness. Now both houses must agree on the same text for any revision.

With an overwhelming majority of the Senate to the right and left almost unanimous against this result is further away from the 3 / 5th of the votes needed in parliament in Congress.

At his request, Senate President Gerard Larcher (LR) meet late Wednesday afternoon François Hollande, who will also meet Thursday morning with his counterpart in the Assembly, Claude Bartolone ( PS). He wants the head of state to take “ its responsibilities on this text, in particular on Article 2 (on disqualification) which fracture majority and opposition .” “ If the text is symbolic, it does not respond to this priority ” that is “ all security .”

Meanwhile, Manuel Valls said he wanted to continue “ move forward and discuss “, saying that “ the French would not understand that the National Assembly and the Senate that the majority and the opposition can not agree . ”

The government, with the presidents of the assemblies, of course with the President of the Republic, will take initiatives, provided you know where you go ” a-t- he said in the Chamber, without giving any date.

Two scenarios seem possible yet, according to government sources continue the reform project with the only article 1 of the entrenchment of the regime of the state of emergency, more consensual as withdrawal, by adding to it possibly the reform of the Supreme Judicial Council; or failing to renounce the whole project.

Many voices to the left and to the UDI argue for the former. “ I find it difficult not to go to Versailles ” to approve in Congress “ the entrenchment of the state of emergency, if only to secure ” Justice minister.

– ‘Recovery politician’ –

This election was held in a heavy and tense situation following the attacks in the morning in Brussels, claimed by the Islamic State group, left at least 34 dead and nearly 200 wounded, according to a provisional toll.

Several senators, such ecologist Esther Benbassa, deplored a “ recovering politician .” The name of the leader of the PS deputies Bruno Le Roux, who was taken to Twitter to “ irresponsible Senate right “, was booed in the Chamber.

And each has returned the responsibility of a possible abandonment of the constitutional review.

Why blame the Senate to be faithful to the commitments of the President of the Republic ,” he told the boss senators LR Bruno Retailleau, referring to Hollande advertisements Versailles 16 November and fractures left on the decline.

The Senate is not in a posture ” and he “ reached out “, has he also hammered, then several officials left until Prime Minister accused the Upper house not to seek agreement with the Assembly.

The party president RS Nicolas Sarkozy is himself came in the morning to say his “ total solidarity ” senators, recalling his “ reserves on statelessness . ” He however confirmed the compromise reached in the Assembly.

The Senate has chosen to “ let stigma binational “, accused the boss of the PS Didier Guillaume group to justify his vote. MEPs had them open the forfeiture to all French in theory, in order not to create “ discrimination .”

Esther Benbassa ruled that “ It’s time to admit this failure ” of the constitutional review, and “ take action “face of terrorism.

The arrest Friday in Brussels, Salah Abdeslam, had revived the debate on the deprivation of nationality. Only survivor of the commando who perpetrated the attacks of 13 November in Paris, Abdeslam is French by birth and no other nationality, so it would theoretically not involved in the Senate version.

This arrest “ puts in difficulty the Senate right “, accused the leader of the PS Jean-Christophe Cambadélis. “ Senators right are all for regulations policies and account between sarkozystes fillonistes ” for the primary, a plague PS tenor. “ They say they are for the forfeiture and they vote a measure can not be applied to Abdeslam! It is not sustainable and the Senate vote will not shut forfeiture ” he wants to believe.

In contrast, the case of Abdeslam “ justification ” Senate position because “ if you do a stateless “, it is ” not deportable “argues Mr. Retailleau.


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