the RN provides to chair a examine group on anti-Semitism

Deputy RN Sébastien Chenu on August 2, 2022 at the National Assembly in Paris
Deputy RN Sébastien Chenu on August 2, 2022 at the National Assembly in Paris (Alain JOCARD / AFP/Archives)

The RN faction in the assembly has offered to chair a study group on anti-Semitism, which parliamentary sources say has sparked an outcry from the majority and left factions, a candidacy that has very little chance of success.

The case, raised by Radio RCJ on Wednesday afternoon, gained momentum thanks to the dissemination on social networks of a preliminary list of assignment of the presidency of these groups, which was wrongly presented as final. , and on which we see that the RN has chosen one on anti-Semitism.

The far-right group, which has been struggling to maintain an image of respectability, particularly since the spectacular election of 89 MPs in the last general election, attended a meeting on these structures on Tuesday, bringing together parliamentarians on various issues to oversee the work. and tracking.

According to a Renaissance member who attended the meeting, the factions worked on the principle of “each choosing two study groups in turn” until the list of available “80 subjects” was completed.

When it was his turn, Sébastien Chenu, RN vice-president, who is also in charge of the study groups in the assembly, proposed that his party take over the presidency on anti-Semitism.

Outcry in response from Renaissance MP Sylvain Maillard, president of that group until last June. “The deputies from the left, LFI, PS, ecologists have moved behind us (…) This is a real casus belli for us,” emphasizes a Renaissance source.

“There is no question that we are giving way on this point: we are determined to win back the presidency of this group,” Sylvain Maillard told the JDD on Wednesday.

When contacted, Sébastien Chenu confirmed that he had proposed that the RN Chair then co-chair the group. “Nothing is settled,” he added.

According to the participants, several meetings are still scheduled to take place, including one on November 16.

“No creation, no attribution will be registered before the decision of the Assembly Bureau,” said Assembly President Yaël Braun-Pivet on Wednesday.

According to the Presidency, the highest college, whose composition is not favorable for the RN, must in fact confirm (or reject) the allocation of the groups “on December 7th”.

If the RN group were to chair, “the Crif and the Jewish institutions will never participate in this masquerade,” responded Yonathan Arfi, President of the Crif.

“Inconceivable. The Socialists are firmly against it and are calling on the other Republican factions in the National Assembly to do the same,” said Boris Vallaud, leader of the PS MPs.

“The Republican arch, the one that sanctioned racist remarks in the Chamber, must prevent this,” added his colleague Jérôme Guedj.

“We are interested in the matter, it is not a provocation at all, it is a commitment from Sebastien Chenu for a long time,” assured a source close to Marine Le Pen.

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