In France, likely delay for climate change referendum after senate amendments

By AFP, 12 May
French President Emmanuel Macron at the Citizens' Convention on Climate (CCC) in December 2020 (photo credit: Thibault Camus, AFP)
French President Emmanuel Macron at the Citizens' Convention on Climate (CCC) in December 2020 (photo credit: Thibault Camus, AFP)
President Emmanuel Macron's promise to enshrine the fight against climate change in the French constitution via a referendum appeared moribund on Tuesday after the upper house watered down the ambitious wording of a government-sponsored bill. [...] The National Assembly, where Macron has a majority, overwhelmingly voted in favour of the revision in March. But when the bill then went to the Senate, the body -- majority-ruled by the right-wing Republicans -- removed a key provision from the draft law before backing a new version in a vote late Monday. Under French law a referendum can go ahead only if it is approved in identical wording by both houses of parliament. A majority of senators took issue with the word "guarantee" in the bill, which they say implies that environmental concerns would take priority over other constitutional principles.
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