While recalling that he “did not intend to interfere in the work of this commission”, the Prime Minister announced to the participants that the Councilor of State Jean-Denis Combrexelle would chair this body, indicated his entourage. The latter also underlined that he had “no power of decision but of consultation”, specified the same source.
Double power of attorney and larger rooms
The participants’ questions focused in particular on the possibility of having two proxies for voters, an option that Gerald Darmanin rejected by recalling that this exemption, which had been put in place during the regional and departmental elections of 2021, had no not been renewed by Parliament for the presidential election.
They also concerned the taking into account of campaign costs linked to Covid-19, which requires for some of the larger rooms and the distribution of masks. France rebellious, the movement of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, has thus demanded “the increase of the reimbursable ceiling” of the expenses of the presidential candidates “to ensure the expenses related to the health situation”.
The candidate RN Marine Le Pen wondered for her part about “the conditions of application of telework to the employees of a presidential campaign” and on “a case law of the Campaign Accounts Commission which does not reimburse the flocking of buses “, Said its campaign director Christophe Bay. According to him, Gerald Darmanin would have deemed “admissible” the arguments on teleworking and would be prepared to “enlighten” the president of the National Commission for Campaign Accounts and Political Funding (CNCCFP), Jean-Philippe Vachia, on the second subject.
No restrictions in meetings
The Prime Minister announced on December 27, at the end of a Defense Council, the establishment of this commission on the organization of the presidential election, the 1st and 2nd rounds of which are scheduled for April 10 and 24. A similar consultation took place ahead of the regional and departmental elections in June 2021, when the epidemic situation was also worrying.
For the time being, and relying on constitutional law which protects freedom of assembly, the executive has ruled out imposing any restrictions on political meetings, returning the responsibility to the organizers. Eric Zemmour and Florian Philippot, however, were concerned about the establishment of the gauge after the end of this meeting, which took place by videoconference.
“We could try to impose gauges that would limit the number of participants in meetings,” says Eric Zemmour on CNews. I think that would be contraindicated, that would not be correct, we should not fall into this system. I warn in advance that meetings must be respected, that they are part of the constitutive history of France, of its democracy, of the Republic. Florian Philippot, for his part, believes that the government has not provided a “clear answer” on the gauges or the vaccination pass, which he “will totally refuse” during his gatherings.
This meeting also aroused the indignation of several uninvited candidates, especially on the left. “By what right Matignon allows himself to sort out the candidates when no sponsorship has yet been submitted? “, Asks Anasse Kazib, candidate for Permanent Revolution, on Twitter.
“Lutte Ouvrière was not invited to the Matignon meeting supposed to prepare it,” also notes Nathalie Arthaud, party candidate. If it’s because we are not part of the political seraglio, we are proud of it! “