This Wednesday, July 6, Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne spoke to the new National Assembly and the Senate in a general policy statement. Two speeches that allowed him to present his program and assert his style.
On Monday, government spokesman Olivier Véran indicated that the vote of confidence would not take place, for lack of an absolute majority, unlike most of his predecessors. The Prime Minister therefore did not engage her responsibility. Such a vote is not binding.
Even before hearing from the Prime Minister, the Nupe left alliance had tabled a motion of censure against the government. “It’s time to teach you the word democracy,” said Mathilde Panot, president of the LFI group, facing Élisabeth Borne. “The President was elected without a mandate, here comes his Prime Minister without confidence,” she quipped.
“The president acts as if nothing had happened”, denounced Marine Le Pen. The president of the RN deputies considered that the situation of the government was “out of control” and the maintenance of Elisabeth Borne as Prime Minister a “political provocation”.
“I can’t imagine the Republic without the Senate,” said Elisabeth Borne in her general policy statement on Wednesday evening before the upper house, calling for “drawing inspiration” from the “experience” of senators and promising to act “in close collaboration” with local elected officials. “Continue like this, Madam Prime Minister,” replied the President of the Senate Gérard Larcher, while Ms. Borne’s remarks drew applause. “You are both the relay of the concerns of the French, the voice of local elected officials and territories, the force of balance and appeasement of our institutions”, greeted the head of government.
Senate President LR Gérard Larcher said Wednesday to reach out “a hand to the government” and propose “a new method” with the examination of texts at first reading in the upper house “to be less in the political coup”, in an interview at Noon Free. Believing that since the second round of the presidential election, “the country has been suffering from sleeping sickness”, Mr. Larcher said he was waiting for “a new method of governance”. “On May 7, the President of the Republic promised new relations with Parliament, with the living forces of the country. We must move on to practical work”, he pleads. “We will be, in my political family (LR), as in the senatorial majority, on an opposition line, clear, independent, responsible (..) We are not an anti-power, but a counter-power”, he continues.
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Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne on Wednesday asked companies that can to “increase the salaries” of their employees, in particular via tax-free bonuses. “I invite companies that can afford it to increase salaries or to mobilize these purchasing power bonuses,” said the head of government on TF1. “The government is acting” in the face of inflation but “it is also necessary for companies to take their responsibilities”, added Ms. Borne, who made her general policy statement to Parliament on Wednesday. “Those who have financial margins, they must increase their employees” in particular via “exceptional bonuses” tax-exempt, she added, stressing that the bill on purchasing power would allow companies “to triple the ceiling of these premiums”.
Elisabeth Borne called on Wednesday for “vigilance” in the face of the rise in the Covid epidemic, and for wearing a mask in “closed spaces where there are a lot of people”, but she will not make it an “obligation “National. “The epidemic is starting again. So I call on everyone to be vigilant. (…) When you are in closed spaces, where there are a lot of people, you have to wear a mask, especially in transport”, but “we do not intend to have a national measure of obligation” because “the French know the right gestures today”, declared the Prime Minister on TF1.
The Contribution on the added value of companies (CVAE), one of the production taxes paid by companies, will be abolished “as of the 2023 finance law”, announced Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne in her general policy speech on Wednesday. “In concrete terms, nearly 8 billion will make it possible to strengthen the competitiveness of our companies, three-quarters of SMEs and ETIs”, she declared before the National Assembly, adding that this loss of resources for local authorities would be compensated. The abolition of this tax, much criticized by companies who see it as an obstacle to their competitiveness, was a promise of Emmanuel Macron.
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The president of deputies RN Marine Le Pen considered that the situation of the government was “out of control” and the maintenance of Elisabeth Borne as Prime Minister a “political provocation”. “The president acts as if nothing had happened” after the legislative elections, yet “it’s the return of politics that jumps out at him, it’s a great political moment,” said the former presidential candidate.
The president of the LFI group in the National Assembly, Mathilde Panot, criticized Elisabeth Borne for her “save-it-can strategy” in the absence of a vote of confidence after the Prime Minister’s general policy speech. “A vote of confidence was in order. But you chose flight (…). Your strategy now is “save who can”. And you are ready for anything. Never compromise, but all compromises “, launched the leader of the Insoumis in the hemicycle.
The leader of the LR deputies Olivier Marleix assured that his group would not engage in any “compromise” with the executive, but would not cause any “sterile blockage” in the National Assembly either. He also said he did not want the “little soup” politician, while remaining open to support on certain texts.
The president of the LFI group in the National Assembly, Mathilde Panot, criticized Élisabeth Borne for her “strategy of saving who can” in the absence of a vote of confidence, as well as “compromises” of the majority with the RN, during of his speech following the Prime Minister’s general policy speech. “A vote of confidence was necessary. But you chose to flee […] Your strategy now is ‘save who can’. And you are ready for anything. Never compromise but all compromises”, launched the leader of the 75 Insoumis deputies.
“We will file a motion of no confidence, this is what happens when the executive only listens to itself”, indicates @MathildePanot. >> “It’s time to teach you the meaning of the word democracy that you hate”. pic.twitter.com/RikQh5iPui
According to the president of the RN group in the Assembly, maintaining Elisabeth Borne as Prime Minister after the legislative elections is a “political provocation”, she declared from the perch, immediately after the declaration of general policy. “The president acts as if nothing had happened”, yet “it’s the return of politics that jumps out at him, it’s a great political moment”, launched the presidential finalist from the podium. of the National Assembly.
“Given the results of the elections, your appointment is not a big political decision, but a scenario that has become obsolete,” says @MLP_officiel to Élisabeth Borne. Keeping the Prime Minister in her post is a “political provocation”.