What if the meeting of party leaders organized this afternoon by Matignon was the last for a long time? Scheduled for 5 p.m. by videoconference, it will address the question of “the evolution of confinement” and “screening and isolation systems”. But also the creation of a “parliamentary liaison committee” on the health crisis. According to our information, this will be a long-term forum for exchange between the government and elected officials, more oriented towards “operational”. It would be made up of the presidents of the National Assembly and the Senate and of parliamentary groups, with meetings every fortnight. In short: the executive wants to switch to a less dramaturgical mode of informing oppositions, which does not turn into a political trap.
“We want to get to the bottom of the file and avoid the show,” sums up a minister. It must be said that the government has hardly tasted the last edition, October 27. About forty movement leaders went to Matignon. Stormy atmosphere. Marine Le Pen comes out before the end of the debates to castigate the fact that the government has not made public the scenarios studied the same morning in defense council. In the executive, we justify this method after the fact. “Opponents would have hastened to leak this information to the press,” squeals a senior official.
“The attitude of some opponents, critical of all our decisions, was not up to the task, angered a member of the government present that day. They just have to look at our neighbors. They do much the same. We don’t live on an island… ”. Jean Castex, too, is back. Privately, the Prime Minister castigates an unaccountable opposition and points out that the same ones who vituper against the closings of shops vote in the wake of the compensation measures intended to help small traders. At the ministers’ bench, he sometimes struggles to restrain an expression of disgust.
“I guess it’s because we embarrass them”
“I was not aware of this liaison committee and that scandalizes me, loose Marine Le Pen in Parisien. I suppose it’s because we embarrass them, that we ask the right questions – to which we never have an answer by the way – that we systematically put our finger where it hurts. It is a political maneuver to try to silence the oppositions ”. As the National Rally does not have a group in parliament, it would not de facto participate in this body. The former presidential finalist will not be present at the meeting this afternoon. “It is Jordan Bardella who will represent me and he will of course call on the Prime Minister to tell him what we think about it”, she adds.
This idea of a liaison committee has already been presented to the President of the National Assembly Richard Ferrand and to that of the Senate Gérard Larcher by the Prime Minister. The President of the Senate said he agreed on one condition: that the Prime Minister alternately meet the political forces of the National Assembly and the Senate. But not at the same time. “It is a question of avoiding that there are too many, otherwise it is not useful”, explains one in the entourage of Gérard Larcher. The President of the Senate also pleaded for this body to be used to exchange views on broader subjects, beyond the health crisis. The ball is now in the executive’s court.
As for the party leaders, they are preparing to participate in the videoconference this Friday, without much expectation: “We are told that the president will speak next week,” comments Guillaume Lacroix, the president of the radical left party. I would be very surprised if he would do us the honor to take into account what we are going to say… ”
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