Purchasing power: the vote for the first part is progressing slowly in the Assembly

Started Monday, the first reading of the "emergency" bill for purchasing power led Thursday to the laborious adoption of new measures supposed to mitigate the effects of inflation, despite a climate always electric in the hemicycle.

Purchasing power: the vote for the first part is progressing slowly in the Assembly

Started Monday, the first reading of the "emergency" bill for purchasing power led Thursday to the laborious adoption of new measures supposed to mitigate the effects of inflation, despite a climate always electric in the hemicycle.

The deputies voted to cap the rise in rents at 3.5% in France (2.5% in Overseas France) for one year as well as a 3.5% revaluation of personalized housing aid, measures considered however insufficient on the left as in the RN with regard to the level of inflation (5.8% in June over one year).

The Assembly also adopted a provision making it easier to terminate online subscriptions, with France insoumise (LFI) and the Republicans (LR) succeeding in extending this mechanism to all subscriptions and not just those taken out electronically. as the government wanted.

"Macronie again put in the minority!", Greeted Mathilde Panot, the leader of the Insoumis deputies who continued to cross swords with the elected Macronists and the RN throughout the debates.

Rare moment of harmony on Wednesday evening, the Assembly voted almost unanimously to deconjugate the disabled adult allowance (AAH), a method of calculation that does not take into account the spouse's income. Oppositions and associations had encountered the refusal of the executive throughout the previous five-year term.

- Divisive subject -

Hostilities should however resume at the end of the day with the examination of articles on the "energy sovereignty" of France which facilitate the use of fossil fuels to face the threats of closing the Russian gas tap but which make environmentalists scream .

Article 16 provides a legal framework for restarting the Saint-Avold (Moselle) coal-fired power station next winter, which was closed in March. It makes it possible to raise the ceilings for greenhouse gas emissions, in the event of a "threat to the security of electricity supply" and on the condition of offsetting the emissions.

“We are in a race against time to secure our energy supplies for next winter,” explained the Minister for Energy Transition Agnès Pannier-Runacher.

Another divisive subject is the commissioning in September 2023 of a floating LNG terminal in the port of Le Havre, in order to diversify gas supply sources.

On the left, several deputies see it above all as a means of importing American shale gas, a fuel whose exploitation was banned in France in 2017 and whose extraction pollutes the waters.

A socialist amendment adopted in committee limited the operating life of this terminal to five years, any renewal having to pass "by law".

The overall votes on this first part of the purchasing power package will be scrutinized closely, particularly within the Nupes coalition (LFI, socialists, ecologists, communists). The Insoumis have already warned that they would vote against, the PS could abstain and the ecologists let the suspense hang.

Electric debates are also expected on the amending budget for 2022 (PLFR), which ensures the financing of this purchasing power package and which the deputies will consider in stride.

The discussions, which will extend at least until Saturday, promise to be stormy on the abolition of the audiovisual license fee, wanted by the executive and contested by the left.

The pressure will also mount regarding the taxation of the "superprofits" of large groups, oil, gas or transport companies, an idea pushed by the left, elected RN and even LR or certain voices at LREM. Left-wing macronists like Sacha Houlié say they are ready to "make crisis profiteers pay".

As for the price of gasoline, an agreement seems to be emerging between Macronists and LR to extend until the end of the year, while increasing it, the discount of 18 cents on the liter of fuel.

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