Gabriel Attal will answer questions from deputies alone during five sessions

Gabriel Attal will answer questions from deputies alone during five

Experimentally, the French Prime Minister will respond “ personally » to deputies during question sessions to the government on Wednesday, starting April 3 and for five sessions, AFP learned this Tuesday March 26 from parliamentary sources. A new face-to-face meeting with the Prime Minister inspired by the practice of the House of Commons in the United Kingdom.

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This experiment, to which Gabriel Attal had been favorable, was decided this Tuesday March 26 following a meeting of the heads of political groups of the National Assembly, around the President of the lower house of Parliament, Yaël Braun-Pivet.

These changes will come into force from Wednesday April 3 for a duration of five sessions, i.e. until Wednesday May 29 inclusive. », According to a press release from the presidency. This new formula is part of “ as part of ongoing discussions ” For ” energize » question sessions with the government.

Yaël Braun-Pivet particularly wishes “ reaffirm » the place of questions in government « among the highlights of parliamentary life », while these filmed sessions are experiencing growing disinterest from both MPs and the public.

A new formula poorly received by parliamentary groups

A first experiment has been underway since the end of November and until the end of June, with two sessions, on Tuesday (1 hour 15 minutes) and Wednesday (45 minutes), instead of just one lasting two hours on Tuesday. According to several sources, a majority of political groups opposed the face-to-face with Gabriel Attal: the environmentalist, socialist, rebellious and communist groups were against, as were Horizons and the MoDem, members of the majority. The four favorable groups (Renaissance, Les Républicains, Rassemblement national and Liot), however, represented more deputies than the other six.

It was hotter than expected “, a parliamentary source told AFP after the meeting of group leaders. The President of the Assembly weighed heavily for the experiment to be carried out », According to a source close to him, explaining that a compromise had been found by proposing an experiment of five sessions.

The Horizons group was reluctant to use the name “ a risk of desacralization of the Prime Minister’s words, if he is required to answer all the questions week after week “. But he welcomed the fact that the formula is being tested experimentally.

Questions to the Government allow MPs from all sides to ask questions of the government, and get answers in front of the cameras. In their traditional form, only group leaders can address the Prime Minister directly. This face-to-face meeting with the head of government is inspired by the practice of the House of Commons, United Kingdom.

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