With a new government, Elisabeth Borne presents her project to Parliament on Wednesday but, for lack of an absolute majority, will not engage her responsibility with a vote of confidence, at the risk of inflaming the opposition, and in particular the left alliance. Nupes, who will table a motion of censure. The Prime Minister pronounces, before the deputies at 3:00 p.m., then the senators at 9:00 p.m., the traditional declaration of general policy, which allows her to present both her style and her program, in the forefront of which is the long-awaited bill on purchasing power.
The Prime Minister will also be “the exceptional guest of the 8 p.m. news on TF1, live on the set of the newspaper”. She “will give Gilles Bouleau his very first television interview since Emmanuel Macron confirmed her as Prime Minister,” the channel further indicates. Before Parliament, she “will not seek the confidence of parliamentarians” unlike most of her predecessors, new government spokesman Olivier Véran announced on Monday. This vote, in accordance with article 50-1 of the Constitution, is not compulsory.
Elisabeth Borne “had no choice”, according to Bruno Cautrès, researcher at Cevipof-Sciences Po, because she took two risks: that of “falling” or that of obtaining confidence thanks to the abstention of the RN, “this which would be very badly perceived by the public,” notes a government source. Failing to have been able to form a coalition government – because the “government parties” refused to participate according to Emmanuel Macron, and that “individual poaching is over”, according to Olivier Véran -, trust will be built “patiently text by text”, argues the government.
The first major file will be the purchasing power bill, which will be presented to the Council of Ministers on Thursday and then debated in the Chamber from July 18. President Macron was to discuss it Tuesday morning with Elisabeth Borne and the ministers concerned, and “review all the measures” which will appear in the general policy statement.
The debates that will follow Elisabeth Borne’s speech promise to be agitated. The leaders of the opposition should “all press where it hurts, on its impossibility to submit to a vote of confidence” even if the government will “remember who is in the majority, even relatively” notes Bruno Cautrès. The left alliance Nupes (LFI, EELV, PS, PCF) has planned to table a motion of censure at 2:30 p.m., just before the declaration of general policy. “This will put each and everyone face to face with their responsibilities,” said the president of the LFI deputies Mathilde Panot. Some left-wing deputies individually could however not co-sign it, such as the socialist Valérie Rabault, but “the majority” of PS deputies “decided to join this proposal”, indicated their leader Boris Vallaud.
The RN will not be associated with it. “We are not here to block everything, break everything, we are here to propose solutions”, explained his spokesperson Sébastien Chenu. “We will not be in the noise race”, also said the leader of the LR deputies Olivier Marleix, who expects Elisabeth Borne to “change the method” and “a little more listening to the opposition”. The exercise should also allow Elisabeth Borne, discreet and renowned “technician”, to imprint her style. “As much as Edouard Philippe had immediately imposed his style, with a mixture of seriousness and humour, like Jean Castex with his bonhomie, his southern accent, which inspired a fairly simple form of exercise of power, we did not indications regarding Elisabeth Borne,” notes Bruno Cautrès.