The anti-theft law, a tricky subject for the majority

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After the announcements, the practical work. The text of the anti-break law, put on the table, Monday, January 7, by Edouard Philippe in response to the violence that occurred during the demonstrations of "yellow vests", will arrive very quickly at the National Assembly. MEPs will discuss it from 21 January in the committee and from 28 in the meeting room.

For their part, the elected representatives of the Republic and Marche (LRM) will debate their group meeting on Tuesday 15 January. In principle, the text, which is the creation of a file of criminals and the establishment of a safety perimeter around the demonstrations, consensus within the LRM group. "We need to better arm our legal arsenal to deal with individuals who do not demonstrate to express their views, but to provoke violence", explains Yael Braun-Pivet, LRM chairman of the Law Commission. "We must retain the right to demonstrate those who want to do it peacefully, but are reluctant to do so because they are afraid of skirmishes."

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Nevertheless, the majority also suggests some doubts. First, about the timing. "We have opened a large debate for three months, and to make it work, it is necessary to stop the announcements in this interval!", annoys a chosen Ile-de-France. Some of his colleagues are surprised that the government is being tempted by a law of "circumstance". The executive defends itself and claims to think about these options for a long time.

"Interference with freedom"

But also on the symbol. For the first version of this text, a bill has indeed been tabled in the Senate by the President of the Republicans Group, Bruno Retailleau, and already adopted in October by senators. This source of inspiration also cured some members of the majority. Elected on the basis of the promise to overcome political divisions, some are entangled in partisan reflexes against this text proposed by the law. "Laws like that, we have to wait for the Senate to introduce them, we are the ones who should have this kind of initiative!" bully one of them. "I would have preferred it to come from our ranks, but if it increases our resources, no matter where it comes from," recognizes Sacha Houlie (Vienna). Since the beginning of the five-year period, the royal themes have been able to divide the majority, linking a left wing to individual liberties and a safer wing. "Everyone is not in the majority of this type of subject, we probably had trouble with it [nous] to arrange a text if it comes from us », observes another legislator.