The Senate adopted on Monday a wording different from that voted by the Assembly, which was supported by the government.
Jean Castex announced Tuesday that the executive, in disagreement with the Senate, was putting “an end to the constitutional revision process” on the climate, on which Emmanuel Macron wanted a referendum after following the recommendations of the Citizen’s Convention for the climate.
The Senate, with a right-wing majority, adopted Monday at second reading a wording different from that voted by the Assembly and supported by the government, around the inclusion in the Constitution in particular of “preservation of the environment”.
“An end to the constitutional review process”
“Taking into account what article 89 of our Constitution provides, this vote unfortunately puts an end to the process of constitutional revision which we continue to believe was essential for our country”, declared the Prime Minister during the meeting. questions to the government in the Assembly.
Believing to have taken “a step” in the direction of the Senate by modifying the text at the margin, Jean Castex deplored that “this outstretched hand” was “not seized” by the upper assembly on Monday by rewriting it again. “It is deeply regrettable but the fight continues”, he hammered, after being questioned by the deputy LREM Pieyre-Alexandre Anglade.
According to the latest version approved by the Assembly, it was a question of inscribing that the French Republic “guarantees the preservation of the environment and biological diversity and acts against climate change”.
The Senate for its part proposed to write that the French Republic “acts for the preservation of the environment and biological diversity and against climate change, under the conditions provided for by the Environmental Charter of 2004”.
“The climate emergency is here, the risk is real”
While each camped on its positions, and even though the shuttle between the two chambers could have continued as much as necessary, the executive therefore chose Tuesday to close the ban.
“The climate emergency is here, the risk is real”,by lambasting those who “refuse to face reality” and others who “favor an ideological, maximalist approach”. “At the same time, we make the choice of ambition and the choice of pragmatism, that is to say the choice of efficiency,” he defended.
Urgence climatique : "Cette majorité prend ses responsabilités et défend une écologie responsable (...) soucieuse d'aider nos concitoyens et non pas de les punir ou de les contraindre (...) nous faisons le choix de l'efficacité", affirme @JeanCASTEX. #Climat #DirectAN #QAG pic.twitter.com/45YSY6tXjQ— LCP (@LCP) July 6, 2021