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Panot does not rule out the filing of 75,000 LFI amendments to “fight” pension reform – RT in French

In an interview on LCI, the president of the LFI group in the National Assembly reaffirmed her desire to defeat the pension reform by all means, including by deliberately slowing down parliamentary debates.

The leader of the LFI deputies Mathilde Panot did not rule out on October 3 on LCI the filing of a myriad of amendments by her group during the upcoming examination of the pension reform bill. “The last time, we were 17 rebellious parliamentarians, we had tabled 17,000 amendments. Today we are 75. That’s it, ”she explained with a smile. “So 75,000 amendments to be expected?” Asked the journalist, to which she replied “why not”.

“As we are frontally opposed to this reform, we will use all the tools to fight it”, she developed. The maneuver, from the point of view of the opponents, makes it possible to slow down the examination and the potential adoption of a text of the law by prolonging the sessions. In 2020, already on pensions, more than 40,000 amendments had been tabled, a good part of which by La France insoumise. The Macronist majority then denounced an “obstruction”.

Also questioned about the prospect mentioned by Manuel Bompard, rebellious deputy from Marseille, of voting for a motion of censure which would be tabled by the National Rally (RN), the president of the LFI group explained that discussions still have to be held on this subject and recalled that the motion signed by the greatest number of deputies – that is to say that of the 151 deputies of the Nupes – would be studied first.

According to Mathilde Panot, it will therefore be up to elected RNs to vote “according to their conscience” in favor of the motion of the left. “If the RN votes for our motion, does that mean we agree with the RN? Absolutely not,” she said. For their part, the deputies of the group of Marine Le Pen have made it known that they will vote for the motions of censure regardless of the group which will have tabled them, if the government had to resort to article 49.3 to have the reform adopted.

After the differences which emerged within the majority as to the method to be adopted to carry out this controversial reform, the executive announced the launch of a consultation with the political parties and the social partners, setting the objective of gradually raise the retirement age to 65 by 2031.

Mathilde Panot finally affirmed that Emmanuel Macron was “a hypocrite”, repeating remarks made by the president on April 25, 2019. He then declared: “As long as we have not solved the problem of unemployment in our country , frankly, it would be hypocritical to shift the legal age. When today we are poorly qualified, when we live in a region which is in difficulty, industrial, when we have a fractured career, good luck already to reach 62 years old”. The President of the Republic for his part waved the threat of a dissolution of the Assembly in the event that the oppositions coalesce to defeat a reform to which he is particularly attached.



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