Alexandre Chauveau, edited by Yanis Darras 11:25 a.m., November 29, 2022

Despite fatigue, MPs will consider the anti-squat bill this week.

The text, which aims to toughen the prison sentences incurred for squatters and to facilitate eviction procedures in the event of unpaid bills, divides the right and the left of the hemicycle, causing new tensions. 

It is a divisive bill that arrives at the National Assembly.

Carried by the Marconist deputy Guillaume Kasbarian, the text wants to considerably toughen the penalties incurred, up to three years in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros, for squatters.

The latter also plans to speed up eviction procedures in the event of non-payment.

Proposals supported by Les Républicains and the National Rally. 

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"We simply propose speeding up procedures to move faster towards binding decisions, because we believe that trials and procedures that last for years are not positive for anyone", insists Guillaume Kasbarian.

But on the left, the Nupes accuses the majority of not making a distinction between squatters and tenants in economic difficulty.

La France insoumise speaks of squats as an epiphenomenon and denounces the acceleration of procedures which would lead to more expulsions. 

"Dangerous Slope"

"By introducing the fact that occupying any type of vacant accommodation is akin to theft, you are slipping, Mr. Rapporteur, down a dangerous slope which is not, contrary to what you say, the protection of small owners but the criminalization of all those who are poorly housed," said LFI deputy François Piquemal.

So, after the general discussion on Monday evening, place this Tuesday for the examination of dozens of amendments, in particular tabled by the Nupes.

The majority hope that the text will be adopted by the end of the week, despite busy news within the Bourbon Palace, like the 2023 Social Security budget, which will pass the Assembly one last time this Wednesday. .