The health crisis monopolizes Parliament, yet the government does not intend to stop the reforms promised or underway.
Ahead of the budget review and the start of the 2022 presidential campaign, ministers are teaming up to try to land a spot for their bills.
They must convince the head of state.
In a political landscape marked by the management of the Covid-19 health crisis, the executive is nevertheless seeking to continue the reforms initiated.
Problem: traffic jams lurk in Parliament.
Between the bill to fight separatism or the Climate bill, reflecting the conclusions of the Citizens' Convention, a choice will have to be made.
From this autumn, Parliament will be monopolized by the budget and the presidential campaign will be in full swing.
Ministers must fight for a place for their bills.
The President of the Republic has set the rule.
To decide, Emmanuel Macron wants, by the end of the month, the arguments of his ministers where they defend their bills.
"We wait for Caesar to raise or lower his thumb," says a ministerial adviser.
Ministers try their luck
One example among others: Jacqueline Gourault, Minister of Territorial Cohesion and Relations with Local Authorities, fights for her 4D law, a new stage in decentralization.
"It does not speak enough in people's daily lives," torpedoed a Macronist leader.
But the minister has a very serious argument: we should not offend local elected officials as the elections approach.
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Other ministers could also try their luck.
Like Brigitte Bourguignon, Minister Delegate in charge of Autonomy, who is working on the "Great Age and Autonomy" law.
"We go there until the end", we say to the ministry.
But the amount of the project, 10 billion euros, is enormous, especially in this period.
Behind the scenes, the teams would therefore be thinking about a slightly less ambitious text, which would still allow progress on the file before the end of the five-year term.
Objective: to score points in the opinion.
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Another example: Laurent Pietraszewski, the government's “Mr. pensions”, should also send the Head of State his copy.
"Emmanuel Macron is still working on this reform," says one of his relatives.
The subject is explosive.
Many plead for recycling this bill during the election campaign.
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We must also count on the priorities of the Head of State, in particular an equal opportunities plan, to speak to the left.
But Matignon warns, there will "probably not be a large dedicated bill".
The idea: concrete measures, without going through the parliamentary box, in order to save time while having a report to present to the French before the 2022 deadline.