Secret plans to 'protect' France in the event of Le Pen victory emerge
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L’Obs cited three anonymous sources with knowledge of the emergency plan that would have been put into effect had Le Pen reached the Elysée palace, saying it was devised by a small group of ministers, chiefs of staff and top civil servants.
The magazine said the plan was aimed mainly at preventing serious civil unrest and “freezing” the political situation by convening parliament in emergency session and maintaining the outgoing prime minister in office.
Fears of political instability if the anti-immigration, anti-EU Front National leader had been elected were equally acute. Although he subsequently denied saying so, French media reported before the election that if Le Pen won, Socialist prime minister Bernard Cazeneuve would stay on at least until the parliamentary polls.
France’s constitution does not oblige a prime minister to step down when a new president is elected. Under article 8, “the president appoints” prime ministers – but only parliament can remove them from office, through a vote of no confidence.
Le Pen could in principle have invoked article 16 of the constitution, allowing a president “extraordinary powers” in an acute emergency. But short of that, without a parliamentary majority she would not have been able to appoint a new premier.
According to l’Obs, the emergency plan also called for parliament to be convened in emergency session on 11 May, four days after the second round, to address the predicted “national crisis” precipitated by Le Pen’s election.
Faced with mounting civil disorder and demanding France’s 577 MPs step up to their “republican responsibilities”, the government was then to have called – and, presumably, won – a motion of confidence.
Sie haben geplant das Parlament am 11. Mai in Notsitzung einzuberufen um im Rahmen des ausgerufenen Notstandes der bisherigen alten Regierung das Vertrauen auszusprechen und sie weiterregieren zu lassen.