Tense atmosphere in the Assembly during the first questions to the government

The first questions to the government took place this Tuesday, October 4 in the National Assembly. Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP

Several passes of arms notably took place between the deputies of the majority and those of the Nupes, very agitated on Tuesday.

Suffocating atmosphere at the National Assembly. The first session of questions to the government of the parliamentary session took place in an electric atmosphere and in a hemicycle full to bursting. After a first day to say the least calm and serious, Monday, where deputies discussed the war in Ukraine then the unemployment insurance bill, the exchanges were largely tense this Tuesday, at the Palais Bourbon. The skirmishes began when Aurore Bergé took the floor to discuss the theme of violence against women.

The leader of the Renaissance deputies began her intervention by addressing the victims. “As soon as you receive a slap, go file a complaint.An obvious reference to the situation of the Insoumis deputy Adrien Quatennens, against whom the Lille prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation. The chosen one admitted having slapped his wife, with whom he is in divorce proceedings. Criticizing “affection» posted by Jean-Luc Mélenchon with respect to a “man hitting his wife“, Aurore Bergé judged that these actions threw “the discredit on women and men, police and gendarmes», who act daily against violence against women.

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An intervention which raised rounds of applause from the side of the elected representatives of the majority. The Nupes deputies remain particularly silent. The elected ecologist of Paris, Sandrine Rousseau – accustomed to controversy in recent weeks – has made a militant gesture alone, mimicking a female sex with her hands. Responding to Aurore Bergé, Élisabeth Borne wished to recall that equality between women and men is “the great cause of Emmanuel Macron’s five-year term” and a “fundamental fight», as it was during the previous five-year term.

Danièle Obono called to order

But the rest of the questions to the government did not go more calmly. From the start of the speeches, the President of the Assembly, Yael Braun-Pivetwas obliged to intervene during an intervention by Elisabeth Borne, asking the noisy parliamentarians “to stop invective the speakers whoever they are“. Despite this, the Insoumise MP Danièle Obono was given a call to order with entry in the minutes, a sanction which can deprive her of part of her parliamentary allowance.

The exchanges were also considerably tense when several elected officials from Nupes addressed the question of Éric Dupond-Moretti. Indicted since July 2021 for “illegal taking of interest“, the Minister of Justice was referred yesterday to the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR). A situation that pushes the opposition to demand his resignation.

To the socialist Boris Vallaud, who recalled that in 2017, Emmanuel Macron “claimed that any indicted minister should resign“, Elisabeth Borne defended the”presumption of innocence“, explaining to have”taken note of yesterday’s decision“.

I do not believe that it is democratically healthy for decisions of the judicial authority to be commented on here in the precincts of parliamentary power by a member of the executive“, proclaimed the Prime Minister, adding that the Keeper of the Seals was not at present “not prevented“, under the cries of the elected officials of Nupes.

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