The Minister of the Interior defended the end of land law in Mayotte and responded to criticism from the left during an interview with Ouest-France.
Never stingy with shock phrases and always quick to present himself as a representative of the working classes, Gérald Darmanin defended the abolition of land rights in Mayotte in his style, during an interview for West France this Monday, February 12.
Faced with criticism from the left, the Minister of the Interior advised “beautiful Parisian minds” to leave “the ring road” to go to the archipelago, paralyzed by residents angry at insecurity and uncontrolled immigration . This decision, announced on Sunday, responds to the requests of “the local population” and even those “of the local manager of La France insoumise”, he assured.
Congress or referendum?
Supporting a “very important change in our law”, the tenant of Place Beauvau presented it as a way to “give hope to Mayotte”. Without this, “the neighboring population will continue to come in large numbers,” he warned. However, it remains to find a political solution to modify the Constitution and thus differentiate the rules of the archipelago from those of the rest of the territory.
For this, “it will be up to the President of the Republic to decide to bring together the Congress (National Assembly and Senate)” said Gérald Darmanin.
Monday February 12, Secretary of State Sabrina Agresti-Roubache indicated on BFMTV-RMC that the other possibility, that of a referendum, was also “part of what is on the table”.
If the President of the Republic decides in favor of a Congress, the two chambers of Parliament will have to vote on a text with 3/5 of their representatives. Which, a priori, seems possible, the Les Républicains party and the National Rally being in favor of this measure.
Darmanin has “no doubt” about the possibility of finding a majority
In practice, however, it will be necessary for both chambers to agree on the same version, while the right-wing senatorial majority could be tempted to push for additional measures, as Politico noted. Even more so after several of its provisions were challenged by the Constitutional Council within the framework of the immigration law.
The right and its extreme have already outbid themselves. While this in no way indicates that they would not vote for the end of land rights in Mayotte, they are asking the government to go further and extend this measure to the entire territory. Added to this situation is the obstacle of a busy schedule, the executive having already announced several constitutional revisions, concerning the inclusion of abortion in the Constitutionthe reform of the electoral body in New Caledonia or even the future of Corsica.
For his part, Gérald Darmanin assured in Ouest-France that he had “no doubt” about the possibility of finding a majority. “I am not in ideology”, but rather in “pragmatism”, explained the minister. Before insisting again on the fact that “the Mahorais largely support” his announcement. “They have also said that they will lift the roadblocks following our trip, when they receive in writing what we have proposed to them,” he further observed.