Gabriel Attal says he’s “ready” for “a debate” with Marine Le Pen | EUROtoday

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HAS just a few days earlier than the opening of the Agricultural Show, he stated he was “ready”. In an interview given to Figaro and printed this Tuesday, February 20, the Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, pronounces that he’s open to a debate with the chief of the National Rally, Marine Le Pen, with regards to the farmers' disaster.

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“We don’t hear her much, probably because she [Marine Le Pen] is not comfortable with his party's record in the European Parliament. It's too easy not to say anything! » protested the young Prime Minister, in the columns of the daily, on the eve of a press conference that he is to hold Wednesday morning on the agricultural crisis.

This proposal was quickly declined by the main interested party who, on the social network [leur] head of the list and president of the National Rally, Jordan Bardella.

READ ALSO Emmanuel Macron-Gabriel Attal: first tensions behind the scenesBut according to Gabriel Attal, the MEP's record on agriculture is not commendable, even though the RN has several times expressed its support for farmers. “In five years of European Parliament, the results […] it's zero: zero report and zero resolution on the subject. It’s zero action, but 100% weather vane since the RN voted against the CAP in 2019, for it in 2021 and, now, is against it again,” tackled the top of presidency.

And to proceed: “Marine Le Pen was not even in the chamber when the Egalim law was passed and her deputies voted against. When we passed the law on harvest insurance, the only RN deputy present in the chamber did not vote for it. »

Call for calm

As the inauguration of the Agricultural Show approaches, Saturday February 24, the Prime Minister prefers to appeal for calm, while he already expects to be criticized by farmers. Political parties have no need to add more, believes Gabriel Attal: “The Salon cannot be hostage to political jousting. This is not the place to campaign for the European elections. »

The majority union alliance FNSEA-Jeunes Agriculteurs (JA) has not eased the pressure on the executive since it called for the blockades to be lifted after a third round of announcements, on 1er FEBRUARY. On that date, the government had notably promised emergency aid, simplification decrees and a “pause” on the Ecophyto pesticide discount plan.

READ ALSO Agricultural Show: what you’ll want to know concerning the 60e version which opens this SaturdayAlways within the spirit of easing tensions, the top of the manager, who will go to the Salon on Tuesday February 27, introduced within the interview with Figaro the launch of a parliamentary mission. The job might be entrusted to 2 deputies from the bulk, Alexis Izard (Renaissance) and Anne-Laure Babault (MoDem), who should suggest “by the end of the summer” an evolution of the Egalim regulation in order that it take higher account of “farmers’ cost of production”.