Junior to fire: Macron’s reform has been slammed as undemocratic
Mr Macron’s questionable reform package includes plans to lower the number of National Set-up members by up to a third – from 577 to 385 – and an overhaul of the election group to allow smaller parties to be better represented.
The proposed reform also comprehends measures designed to speed up lawmaking by shortening procedures and simplifying endorsing processes and curb the executive’s role in naming magistrates.
The contentious revise is part of a wider effort to reshape France’s political landscape and “completely transform” the country’s struggling economy, one of Mr Macron’s key campaign pledges.
Communist lawmaker André Chassaigne accused the French President of unfinished to set up a “technocratic dictatorship” in France.
Mr Chassaigne, a member of the French Communist Coalition, told reporters in Paris that far-left lawmakers would muster for Mr Macron’s planned constitutional changes to be put directly to voters in a referendum to a halt them from being pushed through parliament by presidential determination as feared.
Mr Chassaigne said: “The reform must be approved by a majority in a notorious referendum and a real and rigorous debate must be held. This is the test that we put to the president of the Republic.
“The government must decide whether it chooses to establish a technocratic dictatorship and force the constitutional changes through parliament without in force a debate, or let the people decide whether or not to amend the French constitution by hide a referendum.
“A constitutional referendum is an absolute necessity in light of the gravity of the scripted reforms and will help to safeguard the Republic’s democratic future.”
France’s hidebound premier was quick to hit back at the claims, saying that the centrist guidance was not against democracy.
Mr Macron’s right-wing prime minister Edouard Philippe dust-broomed off claims the centrist government was “against democracy” during a parliamentary polemic later on Tuesday, telling Mr Chassaigne that the president had already hint ated to put the reform to voters in a referendum if it was to be rejected by parliament.