Monday, September 27

Health pass: deputies prolong the debates

Another 900 amendments, oppositions that do not let go, a majority crossed by questions: the National Assembly must resume, Thursday, July 22, the examination of the law Project extending the sanitary pass, after the first often electrical exchanges until late Wednesday.

“Let us move forward, please”, has repeatedly pleaded the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, while the bill requires express adoption by the end of the weekend in the face of pressure from the Delta variant of Covid-19.

Of the 1,000 amendments tabled, only around 100 were considered in the evening. The agenda has been changed to resume debate all day Thursday, delaying the shuttle to the Senate.

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Between invectives and reminders of the rules, the only modification validated Wednesday evening was to specify that the health pass for international travel will only be requested over 12 years old.

“Many no longer understand anything”

In a well-stocked Chamber, the oppositions blew hot and cold, some asking to go further in the restrictions on movement in particular, when others wanted to loosen the noose.

Strongly contested by a section of public opinion, the bill reflects the announcements of July 12 by Emmanuel Macron, from the vaccination obligation for caregivers to the health pass (proving complete vaccination, a recent negative test or immunization ) for access to cafes, restaurants and trains from the beginning of August.

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Amendments to delete Article 1er – key – were rejected, just like proposals, coming from all sides, to reduce the extension of the exit regime from the health emergency and thus allow a new meeting in Parliament.

The oppositions castigated “Appalling conditions [d’examen] for a sensitive text “. “Take your time, the virus will not wait”, joked the reporter La République en Marche (LRM) Jean-Pierre Pont.

“I don’t like the sanitary pass tool” But “To govern is to choose”, and “That is courage in politics, it is not to make debates last”, tackled Mr. Véran, under accusations of lack of doses or contradictions on barrier gestures.

But the questions also came from the majority. “Today, the messages are misguided and many no longer understand anything”, reported Christophe Blanchet (MoDem), in reference to the idea that the pass could make the mask fall.

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Targeted anti-vaccines

The temperature rose during interventions by Martine Wonner, the elected covidosceptic who had urged the demonstrators against the health pass, Saturday in Paris, to “Make the seat of parliamentarians”. Parades took place again Wednesday in several cities, including in Paris, near the Palais Bourbon.

At the opening, Olivier Véran had targeted anti-vaccines with ferocity, while Covid-19 contaminations reached 21,000 in the last twenty-four hours. “Sheep are not what you think”, said the minister, who paid tribute to the “Country that stands firm”, with the majority of French people who “Don’t shout”.

In committee, the previous night, the deputies had already postponed the health pass for 12-17 year olds to the end of September. The government had already exempted this age category until August 30. The vaccination obligation extended to caregivers, firefighters or professionals working with the elderly is widely supported, except for the extreme right and the extreme left.

Disagreements on the extension of the sanitary pass

It is on the extension of the sanitary pass that right and left have reserved their banderillas. The National Commission for Informatics and Freedoms (Cnil) has just asked Parliament to “Circumscribe” the new device.

The deputies The Republicans (LR) are calling for the “Flexibility”, with reduced fines and a waiver for those who received a first dose of vaccine – proposal rejected, Mr. Véran indicating that a single dose leads to a risk reduction of only 30%. The Socialists reject the pass and prefer a “Compulsory vaccination” adults against Covid-19 “From here to 1er October “.

In session, Marine Le Pen (National Rally, RN) joked about the government’s promises two months ago, which, “On all tones, had said that he would not extend the health pass to daily activities”. Communists and “rebels” move towards a global vote against the bill, rejecting “Reached” to individual freedoms.

On the majority side, most of the initial reservations about the past have been swept away by the presidential announcements and the government’s demining. But the question of compulsory isolation for the sick goes badly with some LRMs and some rebels have given voice. The government has also promised amendments to avoid loss of income for lone workers due to their contamination.

  • The debates on the health pass are delaying the adoption of the text against “separatism”. The final adoption of the bill against separatism, which was scheduled for Thursday, July 22 in the National Assembly, was postponed until Friday in view of the large number of amendments still to be considered on the controversial bill extending the health pass . While there still remained to be debated some 900 amendments to the bill for the management of the health crisis, the chairman, David Habib (Socialist Party), indicated at midnight on the night of Wednesday to Thursday that the order of day was rearranged, via a letter from the Minister of Relations with Parliament. Thus, the deputies will resume Thursday, for the whole day, this text. The final adoption of the “prevention of acts of terrorism and intelligence” bill, initially scheduled for the morning, will take place at 3 pm. The final validation of the bill against separatism, but also that of the regulation of the budget and again of a bill on the prevention of health at work, are postponed to Friday. The Senate, which was to begin the first reading of the Covid-19 bill on Thursday, will also be forced to review its menu, the text to be definitively approved by the end of the weekend.

The World with AFP

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