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While the joint committee resumed examination of the immigration invoice on Tuesday morning, the precise insisted on making the granting of housing assist to foreigners conditional on 5 years of residence within the territory, in comparison with six months presently. The Prime Minister, who needs to keep away from the topic dividing her majority, was anticipated within the morning at a gathering of Renaissance deputies.

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The bumpy highway of the immigration invoice continues on Tuesday, December 19, with a bitter negotiation centered on housing help, a brand new stumbling block between the precise and nearly all of President Emmanuel Macron who proceed to hope for an settlement within the blended committee parity (CMP).

The physique composed of seven deputies and as many senators resumed its work as deliberate round 10:30 a.m. An indication of the difficulties in concluding, the ultimate vote scheduled for the afternoon was postponed to 7 p.m. within the Senate and 9:30 p.m. to the Assembly.

In the decrease home, the place the topic divides the bulk, the result of the vote within the occasion of settlement inside this committee may be very unsure and poses the danger of a critical disaster for the macronie.

Several dozen articles nonetheless stay to be examined by the CMP, beginning with that regarding customized housing help (APL), which the precise needs to situation on 5 years of residence for foreigners – two and a half years for many who work – in comparison with six months presently.

A toughening that Bruno Retailleau believed he had obtained from Elisabeth Borne, whom he requested to “respect her commitments”. “The question is crucial” and at this stage “the path has not been found” to achieve a compromise, added the chief of the LR senators.

The head of senators LR Bruno Retailleau during debates on the immigration bill in the Senate, November 14, 2023 in Paris
The head of senators LR Bruno Retailleau throughout debates on the immigration invoice within the Senate, November 14, 2023 in Paris © Geoffroy VAN DER HASSELT / AFP/Archives

The Prime Minister, who needs to keep away from the topic dividing her majority, was anticipated within the morning on the assembly of Renaissance deputies.

“We want a waiting period” for acquiring housing help, insisted the president of the Republicans Eric Ciotti on BFMTV and RMC. He opened a door by indicating that his get together had “no fixed line” on the length of this deadline, which “will be debated this morning”.

According to a number of parliamentary sources, convergence is rising on a interval diminished to a few months of residence for working foreigners. “Things will have to be unblocked,” stated LR MP Annie Genevard on franceinfo, saying she had “good hope” that the CMP, of which she is a member, “will be conclusive”, even when “we have at least some for the day, maybe even the evening.

“Navy blue lines”

The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, was optimistic, considering on France 2 a vote “probably at the end of the day [ou] early in the evening”, but “not at any cost, [ni] under any conditions.

Except that the Macronist majority does not hear it that way. “We will not give in” on housing assist, and “there will be no agreement” if the precise maintains its calls for, warned the pinnacle of the Renaissance deputies, Sylvain Maillard, on Europe 1 and CNews.

During the negotiations which preceded the CMP, “we by no means talked in regards to the APL and we don’t settle for the precept that [ces aides] be conditioned on a nationwide desire”, he insisted, expressing indignation that “a Congolese nurse [et] a French nurse wouldn’t have the precise to the identical situations”.

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The presidential camp has already validated several other measures demanded by the right, in particular multi-year immigration quotas defined in Parliament, the reinstatement of an offense of illegal residence punishable by a fine or even a restriction of access to reduced rates in transport for undocumented immigrants.

The government also responded to the Republicans’ ultimatums, with written commitments to reform state medical aid “initially of 2024” and to “speed up as a lot as potential” the opening of latest detention facilities with a view to expel extra unlawful aliens.

The leader of the socialist deputies Boris Vallaud (c) makes a statement to the press upon his arrival at the National Assembly, December 18, 2023 in Paris
The chief of the socialist deputies Boris Vallaud (c) makes a press release to the press upon his arrival on the National Assembly, December 18, 2023 in Paris © JULIEN DE ROSA / AFP

Concessions which show that “the majority has given in on all the red lines and has crossed the navy blue lines”, in keeping with Boris Vallaud, the chief of the socialist deputies, in an allusion to the concepts defended by the chief of the RN Marine Le Pen .

However, even when the CMP ends in a textual content, the National Rally “will abstain or vote against”, except “the measures which aim to facilitate the regularization of illegal immigrants on French soil are withdrawn”, introduced its president Jordan Bardella on France Inter.

Highly unbelievable, as a result of the regularization of undocumented staff which has lengthy crystallized opposition stays written within the textual content, on the hand of the prefects as demanded by the precise.

With AFP