LE FIGARO INFO – In a letter addressed directly to the President of the Republic, Éric Ciotti, Bruno Retailleau and Olivier Marleix ask him to “convince” his majority not to shirk in the face of a situation that they consider “out of control”.
The letter is addressed directly to Emmanuel Macron. In a two-page missive sent to the Élysée Palace on Tuesday, the content of which Le Figaro reveals on Wednesday, Éric Ciotti, president of the Republicans Bruno Retailleau and Olivier Marleix, group presidents in the embly and the Senate, urge the President of the Republic to use the referendum to initiate a reform of French migration policy. They ask him to rely on a consultation of the French by referendum to control an immigration that they consider ” out of control “.
” The voice of the French must be heard and respected. It must resonate with strength and clarity. And, tomorrow, it will become a model for all of Europe “Write the three parliamentarians from the right. ” Only you can convince your majority not to shirk this historic responsibility. And you alone are vested with the power to call upon the people to solemnly manifest their sovereignty in a referendum “, underline the three elected officials.
To support their request, the LR tenors refer to the constitutional framework and make an inventory of immigration in France. They begin by evoking article 3 of the Constitution (national sovereignty belongs to the people who exercise it through their representatives and by means of the referendum) to judge the time to apply ” faithfully both the letter the spirit of the institutions “, fixed by the Constitution of 1958. “ Such was the vision of the founder of our Republic, General de Gaulle, who consulted the French five times on the major issues of the time. “, they recall.
The three signatories, who unveiled the content of their two bills (constitutional and ordinary) last Sunday, believe that ” alone ” THE ” section 89 lanes allow the organization of a referendum on immigration. “ For our revision proposal to succeed, it must be voted on in identical terms by both chambers of Parliament, before the President of the Republic decides to submit his ratification not to Congress but to the people. », they explain, before insisting on the importance of this consultation: « Let us give the French people, loving sovereignty, who do not accept that the freedom and integrity of their Nation be abandoned, the opportunity to proclaim their will on a question as essential as that of controlling their destiny. “.
Pressure on the executive
By urging Emmanuel Macron to act, the right seeks to expand its offensive on the migration issue while the majority is divided on this burning issue. Tuesday evening, the President of the Republicans flew to Denmark with an LR delegation to ess certain measures which it considers effective and sovereign. By multiplying the initiatives, she wants to strike the iron when it is hot and try to take the leadership on what she perceives as an absolute urgency.
Moreover, in this letter sent to the Élysée, Ciotti, Retailleau and Marleix do not hesitate to paint an alarming picture. They point a immigration out of control “overwhelming France, the danger of” waves “future migration, the risks of” chaos of division » and « violence“, there ” continuous increase in legal admissions “(nearly 500,000 foreigners arrived in France in 2022), ” the explosion of illegal immigration, the tireless repetition of misdemeanors and crimes committed by foreigners (80% of those questioned for theft with violence in Ile-de-France transport), the worrying prospect of climatic migrations from Africa… A general degradation according to them in the face of which it is urgent to react. ” We cannot hope for any improvement if we do not act decisively today thunder the three parliamentarians.
With two texts qualified as ” rupture and the organization of a referendum, the Republicans believe they have the means to overcome all the obstacles standing in the way of an effective reform. A reform ” worthy of the challenges we face “and able to demonstrate” that we must not resign ourselves to any fatality when we are a free people “, Underline the three LR managers.