France was only waiting for the approvement of the Sages. This Friday November 13, 2020 the Constitutional Council has passed the legal text to extend the health emergency to February 16, 2021. One week prior to the definitive agreement of the Sage, the Parliament confirmed the extension of the legal text.
Décision n° 2020-808 DC du 13 novembre 2020, [Loi autorisant la prorogation de l’état d’urgence sanitaire et portant diverses mesures de gestion de la crise sanitaire] Conformité - réservehttps://t.co/YfNn1ekerb pic.twitter.com/eFFPYLIhfe— Conseil constit (@Conseil_constit) November 13, 2020
In a release sent to the AFP and the press on Friday November 13, 2020, members of the Constitutional Council go along with the executive. "The Constitutional Council has assessed the legislator has - without being unaware of no constitutional requirement - extended the health emergency to February 16, 2021" they say. During debates at the Assembly and the Senate, nobody was hearing the same refrain.
In the two parliamentary chambers, the legal text caused controversy. First at the Senate, where the right-opposition managed to throw a wrench in the gears of the majority, on this very topic. Then, at the Assembly, where MEPs voted during on the law the entire weekend following the instatement of lockdown. Yet, the text has been approved and the Constitutional Council confirms its instatement. Henceforth, it is no longer possible to back out.
To explain their decision, the Constitutional Council explains: “it was not necessary to reconsider the legislator’s appreciation according to which one on hand the Covid-19 epidemic is spreading quickly leading to a health disaster jeopardizing – by its nature and seriousness – the population’s health, and according to which on the other hand, this state is to last for at least the next four months”. It is clear that it is no longer about speaking of a sacred union faced with the spread of the disease: the hour is for complaints and splits. At least in politicians.