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Renaissance du Nord MP Violette Spillebout, at the National Assembly, in Paris, November 21, 2023.

The subject is excessive: “Repair democracy. » MPs Violette Spillebout (Renaissance, North) and Sébastien Jumel (Communist Party, Seine-Maritime) formulate fifty-seven proposals aimed at reassuring local elected officials, faced with increasing difficulties in the exercise of their mandate. At the head of a transpartisan information mission (from La France insoumise to the National Rally), the two parliamentarians presented their recommendations on Wednesday, December 20, to the National Assembly.

“Victims of the depression of democracy”writes Mr. Jumel within the preamble to their report, native elected officers have turn out to be “the emergency workers of the Republic, forced to deal with everything that is dysfunctional in society”. On the entrance line, they play the function of “crutch of a State too often with absent subscribers”, believes the communist deputy. They are those who face social fractures, administrative complexity, the danger of being taken to courtroom, in addition to the ever extra frequent violence of residents, a few of whom harbor a “hatred towards elected officials”based on the expression of Mme Spillebout. And this, “without status, without means of action, sometimes even without recognition”denounces Mr. Jumel. “Of all vocations, that of mayor, this secular “country priest”, is the one that’s the most broken”he warns.

It is due to this fact pressing, contemplate the deputies, to provide them again “power to act”. “We feel a desire for commitment deep within the bodyrelates Mme Spillebout, but also a certain discouragement. There is a real risk for engagement in the 2026 municipal elections in small municipalities. »

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The first axis of their proposals is to make sure the bodily safety of elected officers. They defend an anticipated measure: the extension of purposeful safety (authorized help) to all those that are victims of aggression, threats or outrage, significantly on-line. The two deputies assist a measure voted on at first studying by the Senate on October 10: violence towards elected officers shall be punished as closely as that dedicated towards folks holding public authority, equivalent to law enforcement officials or firefighters. They additionally suggest taking higher account of assaults on the non-public lives of elected officers and their households.

Secure the exit from the mandate

Security in exercising the mandate is one other side. To restrict the authorized dangers confronted by elected officers, the deputies wish to redefine the battle of curiosity, believing that case regulation has gone very far in tightening the foundations. In their eyes, distinguish extra clearly the seek for a personal curiosity from the pursuit of the general public curiosity, exclude the opposition between two public pursuits “would avoid unjustified criminal charges against elected officials”. In return, the rights of the opposition can be strengthened to permit elected officers to raised train their monitoring function.

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