Vaccination pass: the Senate under pressure but not in a hurry

Extracting oneself from polemics to regain the serenity of parliamentary debate. The Senate in turn begins on Monday January 10 the examination of the bill which provides for the transformation of the health pass into a vaccination pass. After a chaotic week in the National Assembly, where the debates were struck by the declarations of Emmanuel Macron on the unvaccinated and instrumentalized by all political camps in view of the presidential election, the senators prefer to play the card of the appeasement.

It is for this reason that the Palais du Luxembourg refused the executive’s request to examine this bill in the wake of the adoption of the text at first reading in the National Assembly, Thursday in the ‘dawn. Even in the name of the health emergency invoked by the executive and its majority, the senators said no to a forced march debate Thursday, Friday and even less on weekends. Even if it means relaunching the parliamentary obstruction trial when the executive had given itself as a deadline of January 15 to have this text adopted.

“We aim for an application of the vaccination pass in the first days of the week of January 17 at the latest” government spokesman Gabriel Attal said Sunday on BFM-TV, noting a “Small lag of a few days” while throwing the blame on “An LR coalition [Les Républicains], RN [Rassemblement National], France Insoumise ” during debates in the Assembly. “The fact of voting this text twenty-four hours, forty-eight hours or a week later than expected has absolutely no impact on the current health situation”, defends the president of the centrist group in the Senate, Hervé Marseille.

Avoid the political trap

The senatorial right also wanted to give itself time to avoid the political trap which closed on opposition to the National Assembly. From the publication, Tuesday January 4 in the evening, of the interview in Parisian in which Emmanuel Macron says he has “Very want to piss off the unvaccinated” while feeling that they were “Irresponsible” so “More citizens”, from the far left to the far right, all were called on to take a stand on the words of the Head of State. Starting with the Les Républicains group. Outraged, the elected officials who had received instructions from their presidential candidate, Valérie Pécresse, not to oppose the vaccination pass, ended up divided on this ballot: a third abstaining, the other voting against and the last for. The untimely image of confusion for Mme Pécresse who wants to set himself up as a credible alternative to the President of the Republic. “The almost Pavlovian epidermal reaction of a certain number of deputies and senators is what Emmanuel Macron was looking for”, considers the leader of LR senators, Bruno Retailleau.

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Vaccination pass: the Senate under pressure but not in a hurry