The photo, unpublished, was expected. The president of the law commission, Sacha Houlié (Renaissance), poses there alongside Julien Bayou (EELV deputy), Fabien Roussel (PCF deputy), Marie-Pierre de la Gontrie (PS senator) and Stella Dupont (Renaissance deputy) . An original team, all hands united with those of a restaurant employee, Amadou Ba, and his chef Manuel Heurtier.
Taken Monday afternoon in the kitchen of Mendi Gorria, a Basque cuisine restaurant near the town hall of Montrouge, the photo supports a joint statement by 35 parliamentarians published on the websites of Release And Franceinfo. This one, as revealed by Le Parisien last weekwas prepared in the greatest secrecy all summer by these figures from the left wing of the majority (Renaissance and MoDem), Liot and Nupes, under the patronage of Pascal Brice, former boss of Ofpra (French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons).
A platform in the form of a pressure blow
They demand “urgent, humanist and concrete measures for the regularization of undocumented workers” and “ those who are present on the national territory and who are prevented from working due to lack of papers “. Initially, it was a part of the future immigration bill. But its removal has been looming for several weeks, as it constitutes a “red line” for the right. “The president and the Prime Minister want to blow up this point,” confirms a member of the government. Sacha Houlié, for his part, repeated that he had received “guarantees” from Matignon on the maintenance of this measure.
Since the revelation of its existence, this platform in the form of a pressure coup from the left wing of the majority has divided the presidential camp. “No comments”, we say at the Ministry of the Interior. A government advisor quips: “We wonder which side the rebels are on…” A majority executive chokes on discovering the photo.
“I don’t dare imagine the bronca if we had had the photo with Darmanin, Courson and Ciotti,” he emphasizes. I am very surprised that on this subject, there is not a comma that comes out of the mouth of our group president (Sylvain Maillard). It’s a salute to the group and to the immigration bill. If this isn’t a topic for the next group meeting, I don’t understand. » Conversely, the Minister of Solidarity and Families, Aurore Bergé, welcomed the initiative to Le Parisien: “So much the better if it allows us to move away from positions on immigration. Let everyone take their responsibilities to vote for a useful and necessary text. »