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Eric Ciotti (left), president of the Republicans (LR), and Olivier Marleix, leader of LR deputies, at the National Assembly, in Paris, March 12, 2024.

The handle modifications, however not the political line. The first press convention of the Les Républicains (LR) occasion in its new Paris places of work was dedicated to immigration. At 4 Place du Palais-Bourbon, Eric Ciotti introduced on Tuesday March 12 that his occasion had collected the required parliamentary signatures to launch a shared initiative referendum (RIP) on immigration. With this initiative, the president of LR hopes to regain management after the censorship of a part of the immigration legislation, on January 25, by the Constitutional Council.

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Since then, the LR leaders haven’t let up and accuse the vast majority of having relied on the 9 judges to unravel a muscular textual content by the best within the Senate. “With this referendum, we wish to repair the betrayal done to the French and to Parliament”, hopes Olivier Marleix, chief of LR deputies. But first, there are three hurdles to beat. The first was the bottom: acquiring 185 signatures from parliamentarians. The Republicans have 190, with the assist of three non-registered deputies.

After the deposit of signatures, this Tuesday, the Constitutional Council has one month to present the inexperienced mild and permit LR to launch a marketing campaign to acquire, inside 9 months, the assist of 10% of the citizens ( or nearly 5 million folks), earlier than the French may lastly be consulted. Mr. Ciotti says to himself “persuaded” that the proposals of its formation may give rise to a referendum, as a result of they “come within the notion of reform relating to the social policy of the nation within the meaning of the first paragraph of article 11 of the Constitution”.

Economic and social axes

To get to the highlights of article 11, the Republicans have restricted themselves to the financial and social fields within the 5 proposals they suggest. Among them is the institution of a “condition of duration of residence” for the fee of sure social advantages to foreigners in a authorized scenario or the transformation of state medical assist, thought-about too beneficiant for foreigners and costly, by emergency medical assist.

The two factors appeared within the first model of the immigration textual content modified by the senatorial proper in December 2023. On the opposite hand, the forfeiture of nationality and the questioning of land legislation are absent, as a result of they don’t fall inside the scope of the article 11.

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Eric Ciotti hopes that the Constitutional Council will “will pronounce in law”. But the judges undoubtedly nonetheless keep in mind the cruel criticism leveled in opposition to them by the best. His potential candidate for the Elysée in 2027, Laurent Wauquiez, had thus denounced a “coup d’état de jure” after the choice of January 25, and Mr. Ciotti had talked about for his half “a democratic hold-up”.

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