At the National Assembly, an overheated end of the session on unvaccinated caregivers

THOMAS SAMSON / AFP French MP Olivier Serva speaks during a session of questions to the government at The National Assembly in Paris on March 23, 2021. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP)

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Deputy Olivier Serva, here during a session of questions to the government at the National Assembly in Paris, March 23, 2021.

POLITICS – The end of the day reserved for the LFI group in the Assembly turned sour this Thursday, November 24 in the evening, the opposition castigating the “manoeuvres” of the presidential camp to prevent the holding of a sensitive vote on the reintegration of non-vaccinated caregivers.

“You’re going to shut up! »in particular launched into the hemicycle, annoyed, the deputy of Guadeloupe Olivier Serva (LIOT group), to the address of Renaissance deputies who challenged him during his speech, causing a suspension of the session (see video footage below).

The elected ultramarine, who denounced the techniques used to slow down the debates, then took the floor again. “You use petty subterfuges, like your ideals, you smear democracy with your baseness, you are in the minority, accept it. »

The overseas deputies from the various benches of the Assembly, who had come in large numbers to support the bill under discussion, came to express their anger in front of the press, faced with the “contempt for the government” with regard to the situation of health establishments in their territories.

“With us, those who have a complete vaccination schedule, it’s less than 20%”launched one of them.

“People are dying in our house on stretchers, we do not accept (not) that the deputies of La République en Marche (previous name of Renaissance, Ed) with their smirks or that Mr. Véran with his legendary arrogance come to despise us”stormed the deputy of Martinique Jean-Philippe Nilor (LFI).

” You should be ashamed ! »also dropped at the address of the macronists Olivier Marleix, the leader of the LR group, whose deputies were favorable to the text of LFI, just like the RN group.

Reminders of the regulations and tabling of amendments in a hurry

With requests for the suspension of sessions, reminders of regulations and the filing of amendments in a hurry, the presidential camp compromised the holding of the vote on this text under discussion, which the oppositions seemed able to get adopted, against the opinion of the government.

During the many adjournments, loud voices between deputies were audible in the corridors of the Assembly. Dispatched to the hemicycle, government spokesman Olivier Véran spoke of a “level of tension never seen in twelve years in Parliament”.

The leader of the LFI deputies Mathilde Panot estimated that the executive had “crossed a red line”taking part “to the obstruction” when “parliamentary niche” of the Unsubmissive.

Such a day, during which an opposition group can set the agenda, must end no matter what happens at midnight, without the possibility of continuing the debates in the event of an unfinished examination of a text.

LFI’s bill called for the reintegration of staff who had not been vaccinated against Covid-19 in health and emergency establishments, to make up for staffing shortages.

“What signal do we want to give to those who were there on the front line, who got vaccinated? », said the Minister of Health, François Braun. In hospitals, vaccinated caregivers say “if we reintegrate the non-vaccinated, they are the ones who leave”.

François Braun had indicated on Sunday that he would decide on the reinstatement or not of unvaccinated caregivers when he has received the opinions of the High Authority for Health and the National Consultative Ethics Committee.

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