Prohibition of bullfighting: LFI deputy Aymeric Caron withdraws his text and criticizes “the obstruction”

While the bill for the abolition of bullfighting was to be examined this Thursday, November 24 within the framework of the parliamentary niche of insubordinate France, the deputy Aymeric Caron finally had to withdraw his text by denouncing a “obstruction”.

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“I have to face the facts, we will not be able to abolish bullfighting today”regretted Aymeric Caron. “What is happening today is not an end, but it is only a beginning. » He announced a new transpartisan text to come. “Bullfighting will soon be abolished in this country, I promise. »

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Earlier, he had denounced ” cowardice ” of certain deputies opposed to his text, who decided according to him to “to flee the debate” and have “everything to withdraw the vote”. He had demanded the withdrawal of “all obstructions amendments”. “There are still more than 480 amendments to study. With a rate of 20 amendments per hour, that represents 24 hours of debate,” he lamented.

Too many amendments

Aymeric Caron wants to modify the Penal Code, which punishes animal abuse, but whose sanctions under article 521-1 “do not apply to bullfights where an unbroken local tradition can be relied upon”. In his eyes, bullfighting is a ” barbarity “a “immoral pleasure” where the animal is “massacred”.

But his bill to ban bullfighting had already been rejected a first time in committee on 16 November. Sometimes heated, the debate between defenders of this “regional cultural tradition” and activists for the animal cause has gone far beyond the walls of the National Assembly, with pro and anti-bullfighting demonstrations last weekend in bullfighting towns and in Paris.

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The vote on this bill remained uncertain: on this day reserved for rebellious texts, bullfighting came after a sensitive proposal on the constitutionalization of abortion, the subject of some 300 amendments. However, the debates must be interrupted at midnight regardless of their progress.

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Despite its single article, the text against bullfighting was covered with more than 500 amendments, mainly from elected RN and Renaissance officials from bullfighting regions. “Pure and simple obstruction”, had already denounced LFI. And a number of amendments which finally forced the deputy to withdraw his text.

The different political camps divided

The subject of bullfighting has sometimes divided even within groups in the National Assembly. In the different political camps, the subject is embarrassing and the freedom to vote is in order.

On the presidential side, before becoming head of the Renaissance group, Aurore Bergé had signed a platform to ban bullfighting. But another executive was upwind: Jean-René Cazeneuve, elected from the Gers, a bullfighting land. “After the bullfight, it will be foie gras, barbecue, snails, oysters […]we know the animal Caron »he says.

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Marine Le Pen regularly displays her sensitivity for the animal cause, but the National Rally is divided. The Gard RN Yoann Gillet directly tackled Aymeric Caron in his serial amendments against the “seed eaters” and a law to “to promote the career of a single man”. While his colleague Julien Odoul supported the ban and the ” animal wellbeing “, “it doesn’t matter the author” of text.

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On the right, LR claimed for its part rather mainly the “defending the bullfighting tradition”.

On the left, LFI and environmentalists supported the ban, like a majority of French people according to the polls. The PS was divided and the Communists rather against the ban, like the boss of the PCF Fabien Roussel who sees in it a “beautiful debate on the relationship between man and animal” but “will not vote for the ban”. The vote, finally, will not take place this Thursday.

Prohibition of bullfighting: LFI deputy Aymeric Caron withdraws his text and criticizes “the obstruction”