After the thunderous failure on Thursday of a compromise with the Senate, the National Assembly took up again on Friday afternoon the bill establishing the vaccination pass, with the prospect that it only applies to the most 16 years old. “We no longer have time” in the face of the epidemic, pressed government spokesman Gabriel Attal at the podium, in place of the Minister of Health Olivier Véran, himself affected by Covid-19 .
Gabriel Attal defended “a text of democratic consensus and firmness in the face of the virus”, with the next vaccination pass, a “maximum incentive” assumed for vaccination. Some 450 amendments are under discussion, the oppositions not being ready to surrender, like the elected LFI who unsuccessfully defended a motion of rejection beforehand against a text of “constraint”. The deputies will floor until late Friday on a version of the bill close to that voted last week at first reading, but with certain modifications, sometimes inspired by the examination in the Senate dominated by the right.
The limit set at 16 years
Thus, the presentation of a vaccination pass should be limited only to people over 16 years of age, for access to leisure activities, restaurants and bars, fairs or interregional public transport. Minors aged 12 to 15 would remain subject to the obligation to present the current health pass, that is to say that they could go to a restaurant for example by producing the negative result of a simple test. screening.
In addition, the identity of the pass holder may be verified by cafeterias or restaurateurs on the basis of an “official document bearing his photograph”. MEPs also plan to halve the amount of the administrative fine per employee, for companies not playing the telecommuting game. The Senate will examine the bill again on Saturday, then the National Assembly will have the last word probably on Sunday, for its final adoption, we learned from a parliamentary source.
LR accused of wreaking havoc on campaign
While an agreement on this text seemed close on Thursday afternoon, the mixed committee of deputies-senators ended in failure, after a tweet from the boss of senators LR Bruno Retailleau. The latter proclaimed a “victory of common sense” of his own, which made the majority jump, in the name of respect for the functioning of Parliament. “We never preempt the outcome of a debate”, reacted Friday the president LREM of the institution Richard Ferrand.
“When a joint committee is successful, it is a success for both assemblies. I know that President Larcher shares this conviction, ”he added, after having twice had President LR of the Senate online. “It’s been a mess for ten days. Everyone is a little responsible for it but the Republicans hold a major part in this situation, judged in front of the press the leader of the deputies MoDem Patrick Mignola. “We are here to make the law and not just to campaign” presidential, he slipped.