The scene has been replaying tirelessly for eleven months. Deputies frustrated at having to consent to the renunciation of their prerogatives. A disillusioned minister in the face of criticism of the government’s management of the health crisis. And a text adopted, after heated discussions, without real consensus. The bill extending the state of health emergency until 1is June, was adopted at first reading in the National Assembly on Wednesday, January 20.
The text adopted by 113 votes against 43, with marked opposition from the right and left groups must be submitted for consideration by the Senate on January 27 before being adopted definitively, before the date initially planned for leaving the state. emergency to February 16.
“I understand the weariness and the desire to get out of the crisis but today we cannot deprive ourselves of any tool to fight the virus”, justified the Minister of Health and Solidarity, Olivier Véran in preamble to the general discussion. Comments similar to those made before members of the Law Commission on Wednesday January 13, after the presentation of this seventh version of a text on health emergencies, since the first law of March 23, 2020 and the start of the epidemic.
“The epidemic is on a thread”
This vote is the first step towards a new period of exception on the legal level where the government may be required to take even more restrictive measures in terms of freedoms, in the name of the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic.
“The circulation of the epidemic remains at a high level and tends to accelerate again. (…) The epidemic is on a thread ”, insisted Olivier Véran without saying more about a possible hardening of the measures taken by the government in the days or weeks to come.
In the hemicycle, some deputies repeatedly challenged the Minister of Health on the slowness of the vaccination strategy, while others delivered their indictment on the opacity of decisions taken in the defense council or at the end of the consultations of the scientific council.
“Full powers are enough. We no longer want to give you a free hand, ”said LFI North deputy Ugo Bernalicis
A motion of censure carried by the socialist group was unsuccessful but again testifies to the mistrust of parliamentarians with regard to government action. “Full powers are enough. We no longer want to give you a free hand ”, said Ugo Bernalicis, a member of La France insoumise (LFI) du Nord. “You will remain the minister of fiascos on tests, fiascos on masks, fiascos on vaccines”, launched the deputy Les Républicains (LR) of Vaucluse, Julien Aubert, at the place of Mr. Véran.
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