May 24, 2024 12:28 am
Franck Riester announces that there will be no vote in the National Assembly before the European elections on Ceta.

The Senate’s rejection of the ratification of Ceta, a free trade treaty between the EU and Canada, has caused embarrassment for the executive in the lead-up to the European elections. In response, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade Franck Riester announced that he would not transmit the bill to the National Assembly before the elections. However, communist deputies planned to include the text in their parliamentary time in May 30.

The government appeared to be delaying transmission of the bill, prompting Riester to explain that it would be transmitted at an appropriate time but not before the elections. He emphasized that this was necessary to prevent certain opposition groups from exploiting the debate for electoral gain.

Riester believes that the Senate’s alliance between communist senators and some LR senators was politically motivated and harmful to French businesses, farmers, and exporters. He defended Ceta agreement as beneficial for France and distinguished it from unfavorable trade agreements. If rejected by the National Assembly, government faces a complex decision: notifying Brussels of non-ratification or risking backlash from opposition parties.

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