FINALLY The second reading of the text, with the consideration of nearly 450 amendments, was completed around 4 a.m. with a adoption by 185 votes for, 69 against and 8 abstentions, in an electric atmosphere

Pass vaccination: The Assembly adopts the text in second reading

Debate in the National Assembly on the pass vaccination . — JEANNE ACCORSINI/SIPA

The deputies adopted unsurprisingly, the controversial bill transforming the health pass into a vaccination pass at the second reading, early this Saturday morning, after a night of debates which will continue in a few hours in the Senate.

Started on December 29 in committee, the marathon of this twelfth health emergency text since March 2020 will end on Sunday afternoon, with a final vote by the National Assembly, at the after a chaotic course marked by by hiccups, polemics and twists and turns. Started to 3 p.m., Friday, the second reading of the text with à à grave; the key the examination of nearly 450 amendments, was completed around 4 a.m. with an adoption by 185 votes for, 69 against and 8 abstentions, in an electric atmosphere.

A version similar to that voted on at first reading

After the resounding failure of a compromise with the Senate, the deputies worked their way through on a version of the bill close to the one passed last week in first reading, but with certain modifications, sometimes inspired by the examination in the Senate, dominated by the right. Thus the vaccination pass will no longer apply to adolescents between 12 and 16 years old, who are still subject to the health pass.

“Identity Match Check” with the pass, reinforcement of sanctions against false passes, possibility of to subordinate access to from political meetings to; the presentation of a health or vaccination pass… The debates have stalled. on the same provisions as at first reading, without however government and majority do not change course.

A text of “constraint”

Opponents of the text have not disarmed, like the elected LFI who unsuccessfully defended a motion of rejection against a text of “constraint” and scrapped on each of their amendments, multiplying the scratches against the majority; and the executive, with à the key to regular voltage rises. Accused of “political maneuvering” with this text and then the failure of the Joint Joint Committee (CMP), LREM and its allies highlighted their “responsibility;” and underlined the divisions at LR according to the votes.

The bill that was originally intended to be implemented at the from this Saturday, to deal with the outbreak of the omicron variant, played extra time in parliament due to new twists: surprise suspension of the debates on the first evening, controversial remarks by Emmanuel Macron and Thursday, when a agreement on this text seemed close, failure of the mixed commission of deputies and senators, after a tweet from the boss of senators LR Bruno Retailleau.