A new postponement of the second round of municipal elections was discussed during the video conference Thursday between Edouard Philippe, and the presidents of political parties, leaders of parliamentary groups and associations of elected officials, according to several participants in the AFP.
A new postponement of the second round, initially planned for 22 march and already postponed to June due to the epidemic of the coronavirus, has been discussed in this meeting but the head of the government “has not given to date”, according to these same sources.
“We will wait the month of may for a decision to be taken,” said to the AFP the president of the UDI Jean-Christophe Lagarde. The national secretary of the PCF Fabien Roussel stated that the decision was “referred to the report which will be handed out on the 23rd of may” by the scientific experts on the state of the epidemic.
According to le Figaro, the president and Emmanuel Macron would be discussed at the Council of ministers of Wednesday, the possibility to postpone the election to October. Such a decision, which will require it to redo the first round where the candidates have not been elected in the first, could also involve reference is also made to the senatorial elections scheduled for September.
The spokesman of the government Sibeth Ndiaye had said on 17 march that the second round would be held “ideally the June 21,” but that the decision would be taken only in may, on the basis of expertise.
“No one has talked about October. It is related to the law: either one is in the sanitary conditions that allow them to organize in the month of June, they are carried forward to the autumn,” reported the president of LR Christian Jacob at the end of the meeting.
Mr Jacob has insisted that councils already elected to be installed “quickly” otherwise “the public order will be shifted” and “the economic consequences will be catastrophic”.
According to Mr Roussel, the minister of the Interior, Christophe Castaner, who also participated in this meeting with other ministers, has “confirmed the holding of the municipal councils of the lists elected in the first round, which will be able to meet before” any new decision to report.
The chair of the RN Marine Le Pen has deemed to be “absolutely reasonable” to postpone the second round in the fall, as the epidemic “will most likely not be sufficiently contained” in June.
The senators ‘ leader LR Bruno Retailleau don’t see how the second round could take place in June “from the moment it is said that the bac will not be in the normal conditions”.
Jean-Christophe Lagarde, the president of the group PS in the Senate, Patrick Kanner, and written by Marielle de Sarnez (MoDem) offered to organize the ballot at the same time as the elections for the departmental and regional planned in march 2021.
“It is impossible sanitairement in June and it is impossible politically in the fall,” said Mr. Lagarde.
The chairman of Standing the France Nicolas Dupont-Aignan has considered this issue “paltry compared to the major issue which is to save lives”.
Participants were also of the view that it should not be already talking about déconfinement for people to respect the containment.
Mr. Retailleau has suggested to hold a debate in Parliament that “the time has come”. Marine Le Pen has proposed to send “study missions” in the country déconfinés.
During this two-hour meeting with 45 participants – the fourth since February 27, it was agreed that the Prime minister would meet every 15 days the leaders of parties in alternation with the presidents of the parliamentary group.
Author(s): By AFP – Paris