At 4:00 p.m., Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne should open the discussion. The head of diplomacy Catherine Colonna could also intervene, according to those around her.
The Ukrainian army entered Saturday in Lyman, a strategic city in eastern Ukraine, in the Donetsk region, whose annexation the day before by Moscow was strongly condemned by kyiv and the West.
This debate, organized under article 50-1 of the Constitution, will not give rise to a vote.
The President of the Assembly Yaël Braun-Pivet has just returned from a trip to Ukraine with several parliamentarians from the majority and the Socialist Vice-President Valérie Rabault, to show “France’s solidarity”.
In the hemicycle, the discussion promises to be lively, with the majority intending to challenge the RN, which it regularly accuses of being close to Russia.
At LR, the first group to speak, Michèle Tabarot will express the “refusal to recognize illegal annexations”, and should underline “changes in the President’s position which have harmed the clarity of the French action”. Jean-Louis Thiériot must also intervene.
In the majority, the Modem Frédéric Petit wishes to insist on the “need to prepare French opinions for the difficulties to come”, and the duty to help rebuild Ukraine. Fabien Lainé must also speak.
Will follow the president of the PS group Boris Vallaud, who should defend “the full sovereignty of the borders of Ukraine recognized in 1991” and his colleague Valérie Rabault.
The president of the Horizons group Laurent Marcangeli intends to salute France’s action at European level on energy, and to denounce the consequences of the war decided by Putin for Ukrainian citizens first, and then Russians.
At EELV, Aurélien Taché is planning an intervention on French companies that refuse to leave Russia, and Hubert Julien-Laferrière should also speak.
On the PCF side, Jean-Paul Lecoq wants to question “the inability to make peace” and “the lack of credibility of permanent members of the Security Council”. The boss of the LIOT group Bertrand Pancher intends to stress the need for a European army; his comrade Laurent Panifous will talk about the social crisis accentuated by the war.
Seven speakers, including group president Aurore Bergé, will speak for Renaissance, which has a maximum of fifty minutes compared to 10 or 15 for the other groups.
At the RN, Alexis Jolly and Jérôme Buisson want to discuss the fallout from the sanctions against Russia.
LFI leader Mathilde Panot is expected to conclude the parliamentary speeches by “condemning Russian aggression” and stressing that the economic situation in France cannot be “entirely blamed on the war”.
Elisabeth Borne had promised this debate on Ukraine in July. It will also take place in the Senate on October 26.