RN parliamentary niche: the Assembly rejects the text on compulsory school uniforms

RN parliamentary niche: the Assembly rejects the text on compulsory school uniforms

The National Rally capitalizes on its parliamentary niche, this Thursday in assembly. Several of his bills have already been rejected.

Today, from 9:00 a.m. to midnight, the deputies of the National Assembly are the masters of the issues dealt with in the National Assembly. As part of its parliamentary niche, Marine Le Pen’s party has the ability to introduce multiple bills of its choice. Four of these have already been rejected, notably the controversial one on compulsory school uniforms.

The RN had already submitted the content of seven of its proposals to the General Assembly committees in December. All had been rejected. This Thursday, the seven themes are unlikely to be analyzed. Time should indeed be short, especially since, as in the LFI niche, the President’s majority has the means to delay certain debates to avoid others.

The school uniform only convinces LR

The proposal to defend compulsory uniforms in public schools was one of the key issues of the day. Marine Le Pen advocated a text that, in her opinion, “solves two difficulties”, namely “competition from brands and pressure from Islamists on children at school”, related to the wearing of abayas, those tunics that reflect Muslim traditions denounce to be a religious sign by designation.

In addition to the substance of the issue, the issue could be a means of putting pressure on Les Républicains and part of the majority, whose MPs appear to be in favor of school uniforms. On the principle that if they did not vote for the text, they would disavow themselves. The RN also stressed that Brigitte Macron spoke “in favor of wearing a school uniform” in an interview published by Le Parisien on Wednesday evening.

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However, among the other formations, only the LR faction supported this proposal. The left was firmly opposed, and the presidential camp, divided on the issue, ruled that the RN’s text was written without “serious work on the implications”.

Another key issue of the RN had previously been debated: the 10 percent increase in the net salary for recipients of up to three minimum wages. This increase would be backed by bosses in exchange for a waiver of their dues. The measure was a symbol of Marine Le Pen’s presidential campaign, and the Macronist camp, like the Socialists, are staunchly opposed.

It is therefore not surprising that the majority and the left voted this Thursday against this proposal, which is considered ineffective or even dangerous. The elected LRs abstained, which led to the rejection of this text.

The RN Cries “Sectarianism”

A draft law to abolish low-emission mobility zones (ZFE-M) was also under discussion. The measure, which prevents access to cities for old vehicles and which must affect 45 metropolitan areas with more than 150,000 inhabitants by 2025, is the symbol of punitive ecology, according to RNs.

On this point, the party could count on the support of LR, but that was not enough. The text was also rejected, despite the amendment proposed by MP RN Pierre Meurin, who suggested suspending rather than abolishing ZFEs.

Also on the agenda was a bill allowing French and European parliamentarians elected in France to visit social and medical centers without prior notice. Dissenting voices again prevailed, with other groups particularly concerned about invasion of privacy for vulnerable individuals.

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If the RN anticipated these various errors, this did not prevent Marine Le Pen from protesting. She judged the attitude of the other factions as “pathetic” and was convinced that the texts presented by her party could have won majorities if the other parties had “voted on their own terms” rather than rejecting them for “sectarianism”.

If the main topics have already been dealt with, there are others on the agenda: one determines the proportionality of the parliamentary elections and the other a presumption of self-defence for the police. Good last in order of passages, however they stand little chance of being checked as a parliamentary niche must end at midnight.

Their mention on the agenda is a way for the RN to recall certain strong issues defended by the party, without wasting time debating a text that has no chance of being accepted by the party.