The French National Assembly rejected this Monday the immigration bill presented by the Government with the votes of the left, the extreme right, the environmentalists and the moderate right, in what represents a political defeat for the president Emmanuel Macron and his party, the centrist Renaissance.
The bill was approved by the Senate and then sent to the National Assembly, but the Republican party, heir to the historic French conservative movement, has voted in favor of a rejection motion despite its usual alignment with Renacimiento.
The text provides, among other measures, the creation of a new residence permit and facilitating the expulsions of irregular immigrants. The environmentalists have presented a motion to reject the proposal, which has finally passed with 270 votes in favor and 265 against.
“We approved (the rejection motion) not to interrupt the debates on an essential issue, but so that they continue on a much more credible basis than the one that had been adopted by the majority after making the Senate text completely artificial,” explained the president of the National Assembly, Eric Ciottifrom The Republicans.
“We want to debate and adopt in its entirety, without additions, without modifications, the Senate text. And we want a very clear commitment to a constitutional reform” that makes referendums on immigration possible, he added.
Now the presidential majority can renounce the legislative project, return it to the Senate or convene a joint commission to negotiate a common version that can be approved by both chambers.
The opposition, however, calls for the resignation of the Interior Minister, Gerald Darmanin, the main promoter of the standard. “The text has been rejected, but above all, Macronism has ended up exasperating all the oppositions,” highlighted the leader of La Francia Insumisa. Jean-Luc Melenchon.
“The arrogant Darmanin has made everyone angry. He has begun the beginning of the end. Darmanin has dominated the small Macronist groups, but not the National Assembly. “It feels like the end of the road for his law and, therefore, for him,” he argued.
The leader of the National Group, Marine Le Penbelieves that “we have protected the French from an migratory attraction”, while the president of his party, Jordan Bardellahas called for Darmanin’s resignation “due to inaction, omission and distortion.”
Macron, for his part, rejected the resignation of the Interior Minister this Monday. Darmanin, the main promoter of the rule, traveled to the Elysée Palace after the vote and He has presented his resignation to Macron, who has rejected it.
“I have submitted my resignation. The President of the Republic has rejected it,” explained Darmanin in an interview in TF1. “I am a man of honor and Parliament decides. The president had to decide. “He decided,” he added.
When questioned about Macron’s legislative defeat and the possible dissolution of the National Assembly, Darmanin stressed that “it is not my place to answer this question,” he noted.
Macron has charged Darmanin and the prime minister, Elisabeth Borne “to present proposals to move forward by lifting this blockade and reaching an effective law.” Borne will bring together the ministers involved and the majority parliamentary spokespersons this evening, the prime minister’s office has reported.
(With information from EP)