French State of Health Emergency: Deputies Reject the Extension until 16 February

State of health emergency: the deputies reject the extension until 16 February


It was a real blow to the executive on Tuesday evening at the National Assembly. The extension of the state of health emergency was rejected. And that of the lockdown will have to be validated by the parliament.

The draft law on the extension of the state of health emergency has given rise to a huge arms race at the Palais Bourbon. And for good reason: the text is the subject of a flood of amendments, two of which in particular were adopted by the deputies, to the great displeasure of the executive.

The first one, tabled by the deputy LR Josiane Corneloup, was aimed at limiting this state of exception in time, which notably allows the limitation of movement and to decree lockdown, to December 14.

The Minister Delegate Brigitte Bourguignon tried to argue :

“The government wants to set the date of February 16 because we are in a crisis situation, the French understand that to act, we need visibility.’

Response from the Member for Saône-et-Loire :

“The festive season is a special time and we should do everything possible to allow French people to get together with their families.’

What the oppositions are demanding is in fact a review clause in December, in order, as Pascal Brindeau (UDI) pointed out, not to “put democracy under glass”.

And at the time of the vote, around 9 p.m., there was a thunderclap in the hemicycle. In the absence of “fighters” LREM, MoDem and Agir, the amendment was adopted by 85 votes to 80.

The Anger of Olivier Véran

It was at this point that the Minister of Health and Solidarity came into the hemicycle, accompanied by his colleague in charge of SMEs (ER: small and medium business) Alain Griset.

Olivier Véran did not hesitate to get angry, telling the situation of the carers and patients before launching :

“That’s reality, if you don’t want to hear it, get out of here”.

In an electric atmosphere, Frédérique Dumas (Libertés et Territoires), in particular, put the spotlight on the i:

“We passed an amendment that requires you to come back before parliamentarians to be accountable. This is democracy”.

Parliament will have to approve the extension of containment

And accountability will also be required if the government wishes to extend lockdown beyond November 30.

In the wake of this, MPs passed another amendment, which requires the government to seek parliamentary approval for any extension.

However, the executive has the means to reverse these two votes before the bill is passed, which is expected on Friday. Either by asking for a new deliberation (with this vote of the majority deputies present in fairly large numbers), or by resorting to the blocked vote procedure.


Translation: ‘That’s the reality, if you don’t want to hear it, then get out!’ said Olivier Veran describing young patients currently in emergency. This opposition hardened between the government and The Republicans.




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