Emmanuel Macron already had to face the health, terrorist, economic, social crisis … Now he found himself facing a political crisis.
But this time, the executive can only blame itself. Controversy over the proposed “global security” law, which in Article 24 provides for the punishment of malicious dissemination of images of police officers, has flared up to the point of opposing two key people in the presidential system: first Minister Jean Castex and National Assembly President (La République en Marche, LRM) Richard Ferrand.
First, first, he wanted to respond to the emotion sparked by the discovery of videos showing a violent police attack on a music producer in the 17th century.e district of Paris. Therefore, on Thursday, November 26, it decided to establish an independent commission “Responsible for proposing a new wording of Article 24”. Without these pictures, “We wouldn’t know” in this case, he recognized the Seal Keeper, Eric Dupond-Moretti, according to whom “We have to record”.
Richard Ferrand, outraged by this interference by the executive in parliamentary affairs – and under pressure from ulcerated lawmakers – wrote a letter Friday morning condemning “Attack on parliamentary missions, the only one to write and vote on the law”. The position shared by the President (Les Républicains, LR) of the Senate Gérard Larcher, who for his part calls for the complete withdrawal of this commission. The text on “global security”, which was voted by the National Assembly on Tuesday, must come to the senator’s table at the beginning of 2021.
Jean Castex hurried to make a face in front of this slingshot. “It will not fall within the scope of this commission to propose a modification of a legal provision”, assured in a letter sent Friday afternoon to Richard Ferrand and LRM Deputy Chairman Christophe Castaner, two longtime relatives of Emmanuel Macron. This body, headed by the President of the National Advisory Committee on Human Rights (CNCDH), Jean-Marie Burguburu, will “Develop proposals on the best way to reconcile the protection of security forces and respect for the right to information”, corrected Mr. Castex. Leaders of the majority were received in the evening at Matignon to define its scope.
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