Romain Rouillard / Photo credit: Ludovic MARIN / AFP 16:56 p.m., December 20, 2023

Since Tuesday evening and the adoption of the immigration law by Parliament, the presidential camp on the one hand and the tandem formed by the left and the RN on the other, have been divided around the importance to be given to the 88 votes of the National Rally. The group led by Marine Le Pen voted as one in favour of the text.

As soon as the immigration law was passed by the National Assembly, the subject was addressed by Gérald Darmanin. The Minister of the Interior welcomed the adoption of a "strong text", obtained "without the votes of the RN deputies". Because this is where the malaise that has been running through the majority troops since Tuesday night lies. While the presidential camp appeared to be very divided around a text that was tougher than its initial version and included several provisions desired by the right, all 88 RN deputies voted for it as one.

Shortly before the verdict, Emmanuel Macron even considered asking for a second parliamentary deliberation in the event that the law was adopted thanks to the votes provided by the far right. This is allowed by Article 10 of the Constitution. But what is the real situation?

## Two Mathematically Valid Interpretations

For Jean-Luc Mélenchon and the entire left, there is no doubt about it. The bill could never have been passed without Marine Le Pen's troops. "Sickening victory. 349 for the law. Without the RN's 88 votes = 261, i.e. less than the absolute majority! After the joint march of November 12, here is the law voted and written together. A new political axis has been put in place," the rebellious leader tweeted on Tuesday evening. The interpretation is logically identical among the RN elected representatives. "If the RN had voted against it, the law would not have passed. Thank whom?" declared MP Laurent Jacobelli on X, in response to Gérald Darmanin's publication.

Sickening victory. 349 for the law. Without the RN's 88 votes = 261, i.e. less than the absolute majority! After the joint march of November 12, here is the law voted and written together. A new political axis has been put in place. pic.twitter.com/oxoqBUBqR2

— Jean-Luc Mélenchon (@JLMelenchon) December 19, 2023

Come on, come on, panic is derailing you, Mr. Future Ex-Minister. The figures are public. If the RN had voted against it, the law would not pass. Thank whom?

— Laurent Jacobelli (M)️ (@ljacobelli) December 20, 2023