On the initiative of the Communists, a hundred deputies of the New People’s Ecological and Social Union (Nupes) filed a request for a referendum on the pension reform project. That “referendum motion”which is to be debated by the Assembly on February 6, aims to suspend the examination of the government project which is to begin that day in the Hemicycle, to “Give the floor to the people on this crucial choice for their future”according to a press release from the left-wing alliance released on Tuesday, January 24.
Strongly opposed to the postponement to 64 of the legal retirement age, like the whole of the left alliance, the national secretary of the French Communist Party (PCF), Fabien Roussel, assured Tuesday on CNews that “the government has chosen blocking and confrontation”. “We have to come out of this crisis from above. This is why we propose to give the floor back to the people and to do so by way of a referendum., he insisted. According to him, “98 deputies from the left” filed the motion.
The four leaders of Nupes in the Assembly signed it: André Chassaigne (PCF), Mathilde Panot (La France insoumise), Boris Vallaud (Socialist Party) and Cyrielle Chatelain (Europe Ecologie-Les Verts). The government project “arouses the opposition of an overwhelming majority of French men and women and an unprecedented social mobilization”they justified in the explanatory memorandum, where they believe that“a referendum is a real democratic obligation”.
The motion must still be ruled in order to be debated. If it were voted by the Assembly, which is far from being won, it would be immediately transmitted to the Senate, which should decide within thirty days. Even adopted by both chambers, it is only a referendum proposal made to the President of the Republic, free to follow up or not.
The boss of the National Rally deputies, Marine Le Pen, announced on Monday that she would also table a referendum motion on pension reform. The president of the far-right party, Jordan Bardella, had pleaded shortly before for such a referendum, and assured that his party would present an alternative project concerning the pension system.