Turbulence With France’s Immigration Bill: Government Vows Firm Measures Amidst Political Backlashes

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The immigration bill’s failing sets the groundwork for future actions. (Image Credit: The Guardian)

In a political storm that unfolded in the French National Assembly, the proposed immigration bill by the government faced a significant setback. Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, responding to the rejection, made promises of stringent measures against illegal immigration and foreigner-related delinquency by the end of the year.

The setback prompted Minister Darmanin to visit a police station in Val-de-Marne on December 12. Expressing disappointment at the parliamentary hurdles faced by the legislation, Darmanin vowed to implement “firm measures” before the year’s end to address illegal immigration and foreigner-related delinquency.

The rejection of the bill was orchestrated by a united front from the opposition, including Nupes, Les Républicains, and the Rassemblement National, securing a narrow majority of five votes. Darmanin criticized this alliance, labeling it “political maneuvering” and an opposition coalition “against France.”

To navigate the impasse, the government announced its intention to convene a Commission Mixte Paritaire (CMP), a parliamentary committee comprising deputies and senators. The goal is to seek a compromise between the majority and the opposition factions on the contentious points of the immigration bill.

Olivier Véran, the government spokesperson, stated that the CMP would be convened “as soon as possible” to foster dialogue and reach a consensus. The government considers the bill crucial, emphasizing the need for a law addressing integration and immigration.

President Emmanuel Macron, addressing the Council of Ministers, condemned what he described as the “cynicism” and “game of the worst” played by the opposition. Despite the challenges, the government remains resolute in defending the bill’s “balance.”

However, the proposal faces further contention, with some opposition members advocating for the National Assembly’s dissolution—an idea the government rejected.

The rejection of the bill in the National Assembly triggered heightened tensions in parliamentary proceedings. The combined votes of left-wing deputies, Les Républicains, and the Rassemblement National resulted in the rejection of the immigration bill even before its formal examination in the assembly.

The potential outcomes now hinge on the CMP, where seven deputies and seven senators will work behind closed doors to forge a common version of the legislation. Yet, the majority may need to make concessions to secure an agreement, considering the potential influence of the right-wing Les Républicains.

The version agreed upon by the CMP would then proceed to be voted on in both the Senate and the National Assembly, deemed “conclusive” if the 14 participating lawmakers reach an accord.

The government’s commitment to addressing immigration, integration, and national security is reflected in its push for the immigration bill. As the political landscape continues to evolve, the fate of the proposed legislation remains uncertain, leaving room for ongoing debate and negotiations.

Written by Imane Moumen

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