New twist in the already chaotic course of the bill establishing the vaccine pass: against the backdrop of the presidential campaign, a tweet from LR derailed the close agreement between deputies and senators on this text which unleashed passions.

Faced with the galloping epidemic of Covid-19, which even reached the Minister of Health Olivier Véran, who tested positive on Thursday, the government still hopes for the entry into force of the vaccine pass around January 20.

But the twists and turns in Parliament keep pushing back the deadline.

While the Senate had voted during the night on a significantly modified version of the text, deputies and senators met at the beginning of the afternoon at the Palais Bourbon, to try to agree on a common version of the text in a joint joint committee ( CMP).

After four hours of meeting, punctuated by several suspensions and confabulations, the elected representatives of the two chambers seemed on the point of topping.

This is the moment chosen by the boss of the LR senators Bruno Retailleau, who was at a distance, to tweet that this joint commission had “proved in favor of the Senate” dominated by the right, in a “victory of common sense”.

“The pass is intended to protect the French and nothing else… no offense to Emmanuel Macron,” he added.

Fury of the majority: “we are working not to win or lose but (well) to protect the French”, retorted the president of the Law Commission of the Assembly Yaël Braun-Pivet (LREM).

This tweet is “an intolerable attack on the institutions” and on the functioning of the joint commissions which are held behind closed doors, she denounced to the press, noting the “failure” of this CMP.

The Senate’s LR rapporteur, Philippe Bas, then indicated that he wanted the meeting to resume, deploring an “excessive reaction” from the majority. In vain.

“No pretext of form can justify before the French the questioning of an agreement on the merits”, defended Bruno Retailleau in a press release co-signed by the president of the Union centriste group Hervé Marseille.

– “Pretext” –

MP LR Ian Boucard, member of the commission, recognized an “unfortunate and void” tweet but according to him, “the majority was looking for a pretext by all means to defeat this CMP”.

They “jumped at the chance to make us outdated”, added an LR senator. And the presidential majority to be able to point to a form of irresponsibility on the right.

“The senators have not stopped changing legs. Why? Because they have no backbone in the analysis of the past”, criticized Laetitia Avia (LREM).

Asked about Mr Retailleau’s tweet, a minister told AFP: “I think it’s amateurism but now they are going to make war on us”.

The LR representatives had however let go of the ballast during the negotiations on the bill.

Compromises had thus been found on the main provisions, despite significantly different versions voted on at first reading by the Assembly in an electric atmosphere a week ago, and more calmly by the Senate on the night of Wednesday to Thursday.

“The changes proposed by the Senate had only one objective: to allow an agreement within the LR”, according to the leader of the LREM deputies Christophe Castaner, who assures that “what motivates us is the interest general, not political gain”.

The deputies were now to put the work back on the job Friday afternoon in the hemicycle.

After a new reading in the upper house, probably on Saturday, it is the Assembly which will have the last word, during the weekend or at the beginning of the week.

The first reading at the Palais Bourbon, lasting three days and three nights, had been agitated in particular by the controversial remarks of Emmanuel Macron, ready to “annoy the non-vaccinated”.

When the bill comes into force – after possible appeals to the Constitutional Council – it will be necessary to be able to justify a vaccination status to access leisure activities, restaurants and bars, fairs or interregional public transport. A negative test will no longer suffice, except to access health facilities and services.



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