This week in French politics
The senators will study a set of measures aimed at improving the purchasing power of citizens after the adoption of its contents by the deputies on Friday.
For more information on the laws passed in the bill, see the article below.
Read more: Cooking oil as fuel, pensions: MPs approve spending power bill
The bill was voted on Friday morning (341 votes for, 116 against and 21 abstentions) after four days of heated debate.
The measures proposed by the government received the support of members of the conservative Les Républicains (LR) and far-right National Rally (RN) parties, who said they were going “in the right direction”.
This week, MPs will consider amendments to several different bills, elect judges to the Court of Justice of the Republic – the court responsible for examining cases of ministerial misconduct – and hear from former Prime Minister Jean Castex.
Monday, June 25
Read more: French MPs and senators agree on potential new Covid border controls
This bill was transferred to the National Assembly by the joint committee (joint committee), composed of 7 deputies and 7 senators from both chambers and responsible for finding a compromise between them after certain articles were rejected by the deputies but approved by the Senate.
The bill includes proposals to continue using SI-DEP and Contact Covid, two government tools used to track the spread of Covid.
The joint committee also introduced an article allowing the government to require presentation of a negative Covid test at international borders if a dangerous new variant of the virus emerges.
It comes as pass requirements for international travel are set to end on July 31.
Read more: Senate votes to retain ability to impose Covid laissez-passer at French borders
Read more: French MPs block the maintenance of the Covid pass for international travelers
The bill aims to amend France’s laws regarding terrorist content online (TCO), a 2018 European Union regulation that aimed to strengthen control over the circulation of material linked to terrorist activity and give websites an hour to remove this material.
The changes include new responsibilities for the French Communications Regulatory Authority (ARCOM) and tougher legal penalties for service providers who fail to meet the time rule.
Tuesday, June 26
The CJR is a French judicial body that examines cases of ministerial misconduct. Its services can be requested by any French or foreign citizen who suspects that a crime has been committed by a member of the government.
It was created by former socialist president François Mitterrand in 1993.
This follows the infected blood scandal carried by a journalist who proved that a French laboratory had injected blood knowing it was contaminated with HIV and for which three members of the government – including the Prime Minister of the Laurent Fabius era – were charged with manslaughter.
Designated judges are due to be sworn in Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.
Read more: French supermarkets agree to energy-saving measures to control prices
Wednesday, June 27
The AFITF is a public governmental establishment which participates in the financing of infrastructure projects.
The clerk is a senator who can propose amendments, participate in debates and influence votes in the National Assembly and the Senate.
Read more: Chain death: French rescuers “very likely” received a distress call
Thursday June 28
The government will open the session with a speech on the French presidency of the Council of the European Union, which took place from January 1 to June 31, 2022. The presidency has now passed to the Czech Republic.
Monday, June 25
Mps has agreed to cap rent increases at 3.5% in mainland France and to simplify the process for terminating telephone and internet contracts, among other measures.
Read more: France votes to reduce the cost of early termination of telephone contracts
In addition, pensions and social assistance will be increased by 4%, the salaries of civil servants increased by 3.5% and the “food voucher” for food aid for the poorest households will amount to €100.
The bill is expected to cost 20 billion euros.
The amendments to the bill will be studied Thursday and Friday in public sessions.
Tuesday, June 26
French MP proposes allowing used cooking oil to be legal car fuel
Explanation: What is the French National Assembly and how does it work?