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A timing which is the topic of criticism and even plunges Emmanuel Macron's supporters into embarrassment. The President of the Republic has chosen to schedule his speech on Europe for Thursday April 25 at 11 a.m. This speech, deliberate on the Sorbonne University in Paris, was due to this fact scheduled concurrently the final plenary session of the European Parliament, and though vital texts should be voted on there, together with one on simplification. of the widespread agricultural coverage demanded specifically by France.

Invited by the Head of State to ” to assist ” During his speech, a number of French MEPs introduced that they might not go to Paris, criticizing the date chosen by the tenant of the Elysée. “To show your attachment to the democratic life of the European Parliament, it is better to avoid making a speech on Europe in Paris, when MEPs are voting for the last time in Strasbourg”, deplores socialist MEP Nora Mebarek. Before explaining to justify his absence prematurely: “So sorry, I voted. »

Like Mme Mebarek, other MEPs decided not to appear in Paris. The head of the environmentalist list, Marie Toussaint, also announced her absence from X, by directly calling on Mr. Macron. “It so happens that at the precise time you are giving your speech, I will be sitting in Strasbourg, along with 704 other MEPs, at the last plenary session of the European Parliament, the one which is due to be renewed on June 9”she wrote Monday, with a slight academic tone. “Receiving an invitation from the President of the Republic is not surprising, but during the plenary at the European Parliament, it is”insists these round him.

“We are not fooled by the maneuver”

At La France insoumise (LFI), Manon Aubry, head of the record, may also skip the occasion. She even went as far as to declare on “on June 9 we demacronize Europe”. In these round him, when the chosen timing is talked about, we communicate of“maximum arrogance” from Emmanuel Macron. Even if others, like these near PS candidate Raphaël Glucksmann, choose to speak about“improvisation”.

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Within the presidential majority, MEPs additionally discover themselves in a quandary. With one exception, no Renaissance elected official, not even the pinnacle of the record Valérie Hayer, had deliberate to attend the invitation of Emmanuel Macron. “I will stay in Strasbourg because we still have votes [jeudi], including my latest text on Russian interference”says Nathalie Loiseau, MEP.

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