The left alliance Nupes in the National Assembly announced the tabling of a motion of censure Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. against the government of Elisabeth Borne, just before its declaration of general policy, several of its members indicated.
Its signatories present it as a “motion of no confidence” in the Prime Minister who did not plan to ask for a vote of confidence on Wednesday.
“This will put each and everyone face to face with their responsibilities”, affirmed in front of the press the president of the deputies LFI Mathilde Panot, who sees in this motion “a question of principle” in front of a head of government who “veils her eyes”.
The communist Sébastien Jumel stressed that it was not possible for the left to grant confidence “a priori”, hence this motion of censure, “the only tool available”.
The four left-wing groups at the Palais-Bourbon – LFI, PCF, ecologist, PS – are associated with it, but some individual deputies may not co-sign it, such as the socialist Valérie Rabault who has distanced herself from the Nupes .
In the PS group, “there are internal debates and the majority has decided to support this proposal”, indicated their leader Boris Vallaud.
Is this motion a test for Nupes? Mr. Vallaud and Julien Bayou, co-chair of the green deputies, replied together that “it is a test for the government”.
Such a motion is admissible only if it is signed by at least one tenth of the members of the National Assembly, i.e. 58 deputies. The Nupes alone has 151 deputies.
The motion must be submitted to the vote of the National Assembly at least 48 hours after its tabling, under article 49-2 of the Constitution, that is to say Friday at the beginning of the afternoon at the earliest. To bring down the government, it would have to gather an absolute majority, which seems unlikely for lack of a rallying of the oppositions.
The RN group (89 deputies) in particular has not planned to vote in favor. “We are not here to block everything, to break everything, we are here to propose solutions”, according to his spokesperson Sébastien Chenu.
The same for the LR group (62 deputies): “We will not play this game”, indicated its president Olivier Marleix on LCI. “It seems to me quite childish as an approach (…) and totally useless”, he criticized, referring to a “slightly theatrical strategy of tension” on the part of LFI.
Asked whether she was calling on the far right to vote for the motion, Ms. Panot replied: “I am not calling on anyone to vote”. And Mr. Bayou adds: “I don’t call them for anything, I don’t even greet them”.
07/05/2022 22:08:43 – Paris (AFP) – © 2022 AFP