PARIS – Left-leaning political parties in the French National Assembly announced on Thursday they were set to subject the government to a vote of no confidence over its handling of the so-called “Yellow Jackets” crisis – consisting of widespread social protests that have rocked the country in recent weeks.
The first secretary of the Socialist Party, Olivier Faure, said that the parliamentary move had the backing of the progressive-populist party La France Insoumise (loosely meaning “Unbowed France” in English) and of the Communist Party.
Faure told journalists at a press conference in Paris that the three parties were seeking to earn the support of other groups for the motion, which is set to be introduced in the lower chamber on Monday.
As it stands, the vote has very slim chances of prospering due to the comfortable absolute majority enjoyed by the ruling party, the center-right La Republique En Marche of President Emmanuel Macron.
The Socialist leader, conscious of this fact, rhetorically asked: “What is this good for?”
“It’s good for proving that another way is possible,” he added. “There’s a common goal: making the tax system more just.”
Lawmakers will cast their definitive votes at least 48 hours after the motion’s introduction on Monday and subsequent parliamentary debate.
“We can clearly see that there’s a government that is heading straight towards the wall and is still maintaining the same political logic,” said Ugo Bernalicis, a deputy (assembly member) for La France Insoumise. “It is our collective responsibility to stop this and make sure we change the government, and therefore our politics.”
According to the left-wing lawmaker, if politicians fail to confront the ongoing social discontent, “chaos will come.”
He therefore defended acting through institutional means in the French parliament.