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Esouthern entrance to the Parlais-Bourbon. Since Monday, July 8, it’s by way of this immense blue door positioned in the midst of the ten columns adorned with its Corinthian capitals that the brand new deputies take their first steps. As if to keep away from crossing paths earlier than the kick-off, on July 18, of the 17e legislature, every group enters at completely different occasions. This Tuesday, it’s the Ecologists, the Insoumis and at last the Socialists who’re welcomed one after the other by the officers of the National Assembly.

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For every, the satisfaction of their victory within the legislative elections provides option to that of treading (or pushing again) the corridors of the Lower House. For the newcomers, the emotion is typically troublesome to cover. “I am very moved, we won after years of fighting,” confides Steevy Gustave, Green MP for Essonne. Recognizable by his lengthy, drooping dreadlocks, this municipal councilor, son of a soldier who died in service, doesn’t conceal his pleasure. “I am everything they hate and yet I am here,” he says contently, his eyes moist, referring to the National Rally.

Unprecedented meeting

On the agenda for this new faculty 12 months: particular person and group pictures, web site go to, assortment of badges, pc tools, and a bag containing the tricolor sash, the cockade, and the interior laws of the Assembly. Once these few steps have been accomplished, it's time to get to work. For some, it is going to be an improve: “I have to learn a lot of things,” confides an environmentalist. For others, it's off to the assembly rooms to determine the political line of the completely different teams.

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“It's going to take time, we're not going to have any answers in the coming days,” confides Sylvain Maillard, former chief of the Renaissance group, who nonetheless specifies that he’ll “never” work with La France insoumise. A place that’s pretty shared within the Macronist ranks, like Stéphane Travert, MP for Manche, who pleads for “modesty” and factors out the necessity to “unite”. “People need to know how to take steps towards each other,” recommends the previous Minister of Agriculture.

“The responsibility to cause trouble”

In this Balkanized Assembly, the danger of a movement of censure overthrowing a newly put in authorities is on everybody's thoughts. Among the Insoumis, the concept is taken severely, with a counter-argument already rehearsed. “Those who vote for any motion of censure will be responsible for causing trouble,” scolds the Insoumis Ugo Bernalicis, flanked by his tote bag with the National Assembly brand. Close to the Insoumis, some environmentalists advocate extra for dialogue. “Let's listen to what they have to say and then we'll see if we are compatible,” argues the previous MEP Benoît Biteau. “We can't be in a dogmatic door-shutting situation.”

READ ALSO All hopes are allowed for the Republicans The National Rally has been discreet since Sunday. The Le Pen MPs will return to work on Wednesday. Their new ally Éric Ciotti, in the meantime, posed for photographers together with his fourteen new MPs – two weren’t current. “We are an opposition group and a group for the union of the right,” the Alpes-Maritimes MP solemnly declared, saying in passing the identify of his new group: “A droite” earlier than rapidly disappearing.

A quick passage that Les Républicains didn’t even favor to say. “I don't care,” dismisses LR MP Philippe Gosselin, whereas for Julien Dive, one other MP, the primary factor is now to benefit from “any cronyism in the months to come” with these suitable RN elected officers.

The “Ciotti” purple line

For this shut good friend of Xavier Bertrand, it’s above all a query of creating a purple line earlier than the LR nominates their future chief within the Assembly. “Our independence, our freedom to vote and an official public declaration of exclusion of Éric Ciotti, these are my conditions for validating any leader,” confides the deputy re-elected for the fourth time, nicely conscious {that a} sure Laurent Wauquiez, again within the capital as a deputy, covets this future place.

READ ALSO The New Popular Front's plan for governingA number of meters additional, at 3 p.m., in entrance of the southern entrance, the curious are crowding once more. The members of the Socialist Party are getting ready to make their entrance and with them, above all, the previous President of the Republic and newly elected deputy of Corrèze, François Hollande. At the identical time, the sky is darkening, the clouds are swelling, the rain is about to fall and the primary jokes are already flying.

“The curse follows him,” we hear. All smiles, the socialists are nonetheless savoring their second. From 31 deputies on the night of June 9, they’re now sure to have greater than 70 on their benches. All eyes are on them once more. Enough to push Olivier Faure, earlier than getting into the courtyard of the National Assembly, to declare himself “ready to assume this function” of Prime Minister. Just that!