Mayhem in the senate?

My speed reading of French isn’t brilliant, but I gather that there was mayhem in the Senate during the debate about the law to ban hydraulic fracturing, as there were not enough UMP senators there to make a majority, so some long-winded voting process had to be endured for each separate comment or amendment to the original text – a ‘scrutin’, I think. As time wore on, less and less senators stayed (well it was the night before a public holiday….), until those remaining decided that the whole process was in danger of becoming undemocratic, so the remaining debate has been postponed until next week.

I got this info via Gerard Dupin on Facebook

Coup de théâtre au Sénat : les parlementaires ont dû abandonner, mercredi soir, l’examen de la proposition de loi interdisant les gaz et les huiles de schiste, faute de combattants dans les rangs de la majorité parlementaire.

Say NO to Shale Gas; any time, day or night – because perhaps the YES voters can’t be bothered to stay up.

(Correct me if I’m wrong, please!

Here is some text in French of the goings-on yesterday


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One Response to Mayhem in the senate?

  1. Tricia says:

    Watching the video of the Senate in action was wonderful to behold. The people in the background looking increasingly worried and senators sliding away at every turn. The elegant Minister of Ecology, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, seemed to be slipping out of something comfortable when she made her short statement.
    One wonders where the party was?

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