Announced on Sunday by Gérald Darmanin, the abolition of land law in the archipelago was welcomed by LR and the RN, but strongly criticized by the ranks of the left.
The executive is looking for a way out of the security crisis which is paralyzing Mayotte, where citizen blockades have been rising for ten days against delinquency and the presence of migrants from the Comoros and the African continent. Barely off the plane, on the airport tarmac, Gérald Darmanin announced on Sunday the end of the registration of land rights in the department, “in a constitutional revision that the President of the Republic will choose”. “It will no longer be possible to become French if you are not yourself the child of French parents”summarized the Minister of the Interior, who thus wants “cut off attractiveness” of the archipelago.
A measure demanded for several years by the right and the nationalists, who welcomed the decision, although considered late, by the host of Beauvau. “Finally ! On the island, 50% of the inhabitants are foreigners. Our proposed constitutional law has provided for this for a year”, reacted the president of the Republicans, Éric Ciotti. The LR deputy for the archipelago, Mansour Kamardine, also expressed his wish that “Mayotte remains Mayotte, that is to say a French territory inhabited by French people.” “Once again, we could have saved time if the Senate had listened to“, railed the boss of LR senators, Bruno Retailleau, while the proposal appeared in the immigration text toughened by the Upper House. “I say bravo for finally realizing something obvious that should have been put on the table for almost ten years now”for his part quipped the head of the Reconquête list in the European elections, Marion Maréchal, at the microphone of BFM.
Valuable support on which the executive can count during the constitutional revision, which must be included “in the 2024 calendar”. The approach requires a green light from the National Assembly, where the presidential camp only has a relative majority, then from the Senate, dominated by the right and the center. Before the project is finally submitted to a referendum or to Congress – meeting of the two Chambers of Parliament -, requiring a favorable vote of three-fifths of parliamentarians. A complex procedure which therefore requires the reinforcement of the right-wing and nationalist benches.
However, some want to take advantage of this to go further by abolishing land rights throughout France. “Why don’t all French people deserve what the Mahorais deserve? Land rights must be abolished throughout the national territory., demanded the president of Reconquête, Éric Zemmour. The proposal also appeared in Marine Le Pen’s presidential programs, as recalled by RN deputy Laure Lavalette. “Let’s not wait until every other department looks like a war zone”pressed the party spokesperson.
“A historic rupture”
A repeated request which ulcerates the left, where we denounce with one voice a first “recoil” undertaken by the Minister of the Interior. “After breaking the taboo of national preference, Macronie attacks the very concept of nationality. And they still dare to present themselves in the barrage?, annoyed the leader of the Insoumis in the European elections, Manon Aubry. The boss of the PS deputies, Boris Vallaud, has already made it known that his group would oppose the revision. “Soil rights are not negotiable. It is already adapted to Mayotte, and he has not demonstrated that this has changed anything”justified the socialist, recalling that the archipelago is already subject to “a legal regime (…) much more severe”. Before you scoff: “The government knows where its majority is, even if it sometimes costs it to please the right.”
Same story for the head of the Green list in the European elections, Marie Toussaint, who crushed the “demolition of our values by a President of the Republic who is ahead of the extreme right”. “Ending land rights in Mayotte will not resolve the territory’s difficulties, but it will damage our Republic”, she lamented. His environmentalist colleague, Benjamin Lucas, for his part accused the head of state of being “a lepenism accelerator”by activating a “historical break” with the rest of the national territory.