The law that no one wants, the proposed French labor law, came before the National Assembly on Tuesday. The bill, “Loi Travail” in French, has been contested for more than two months in the streets and is now considered a shell of its former self after changes made to the original version with contributions from the French Democratic Confederation of Labor (CFDT).
Here it will face a barrage of about 5,000 amendments for a text of just 54 pages. After 15 days of debate, the vote is scheduled for May 17, and the government — which lacks the 40 votes needed for a majority — could be forced to resort to section 49.3 of the French Constitution: that is, to send the bill through without a vote (the opposition can only reject the measure through a vote of no confidence to the government). Then it’s up to the Senate.
Tuesday morning, a few hours before the start of parliamentary debate, Nuit Debout protesters gathered at the Place de la Concorde, in front of the National Assembly on the right bank of the Seine. Later they joined an event at Les Invalides organized by trade unions and students against the law.