“This hand extended for climate protection has not been taken, this vote unfortunately puts an end to the process of constitutional revision.” In front of the National Assembly, Jean Castex definitively buried, Tuesday, July 6, the project of constitutional revision on the climate. This speech comes after a new refusal of the Senate to adopt it in the same terms as the National Assembly.
Emmanuel Macron had taken over on his own a proposal from the Citizens’ Convention for a referendum to include the fight against climate change in the Constitution. He won’t be able to keep his promise.
The right-wing majority Senate adopted, Monday, July 5 at second reading, a formulation that still excluded the term “guarantees”, held by the executive. The rewritten text had been voted by 210 votes to 127 and five abstentions.
The upper assembly had moved on the margins from the first reading. It proposed the formulation according to which 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 Senate thus substituted the term “acts” at “preserve”, which he had retained at first reading.