Pension reform: initially excluded, the option of resorting to 49-3 is however beginning to take shape

Pension reform: initially excluded, the option of resorting to 49-3 is however beginning to take shape

Faced with the risk of stalling debates on pension reform, can the government draw Article 49.3 of the Constitution to save its text, at the risk of giving the feeling of passing in force?

The deputies of the National Assembly debate the pension reform in the hemicycle, February 17, 2020 (CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

“The 49.3, we don’t want it, no question of truncating the debate.” This is what Marc Fesneau, in charge of relations with the Parliament, affirmed on February 9, well before the start of the examination of the text of the pension reform in the National Assembly, for which more than 40,000 amendments have been made. been tabled in session.

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The debates on this pension reform began Monday, February 17 in the hemicycle. Olivier Véran, appointed Tuesday to replace Agnès Buzyn at the Ministry of Health, found after a day that a real parliamentary debate was very difficult to install and already insisted more on the fact that the government was authorized to draw .

Faced with an obstruction assumed by the left opposition, Sibeth N’Diaye, the spokesperson for the government, said she still wanted to give time to time: “I cannot predict that she [l’opposition] persists. The President of the National Assembly has already made a gesture by hoping that we can extend the time during which we will have this parliamentary discussion. After three days, I can’t tell you what will be the outcome. ” Leaving the Council of Ministers, the spokesperson nevertheless admitted half-heartedly that if the situation continues, it will have to be decided.

The standoff hardens. In the event of a forced passage, the government is already preparing its strategy: it is to the opposition that it will attribute the responsibility.

Pension reform: towards 49-3? Report by Julie Marie-Leconte

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