The deputies rejected this article by 192 votes against 175, with a coalition of oppositions, including LR, to the chagrin of the macronists, without an absolute majority at the Palais Bourbon.

“You have come together Nupes, National Rally, LR, to deprive France of any course,” denounced the Minister of Public Accounts, Gabriel Attal. “We will take our responsibilities not to deprive France of a budget,” he added.

The government is preparing to use Article 49.3 of the Constitution to pass this finance bill without a vote. The Council of Ministers gave the green light Wednesday morning to its probable use “if the situation should require it”.

“The introductory article has just been postponed, it is not a small event (…). You are in the mirage, an omnipotence, and we have just reminded you that you cannot decide alone”, launched the rebellious David Guiraud to the government in the hemicycle.

On the contrary, “it is the French who have lost”, replied Renaissance MP Mathieu Lefèvre, according to whom “if tomorrow we borrow more expensively on the financial markets, it is as many public policies that we will not be able to implement. “.

As in committee, the left criticized a policy of “austerity”.

The LR right, on the other hand, called for a plan of “bureaucratic sobriety” with savings measures.

At the RN, Jean-Philippe Tanguy denounced the “lies and illusions of unfounded macroeconomic projections”, targeting the 1% growth rate planned by the executive.

“There is no consistency in this vote, no homogeneity in this vote. It is a majority of circumstances”, lamented the general rapporteur of the budget Jean-René Cazeneuve (Renaissance).

“The introductory article was rejected. I’ve never seen that, me. Are you going to learn from it?”, Launched the communist Sébastien Jumel to the presidential majority.

This introductory article had already been rejected in committee.

Tuesday evening, the government had also suffered a first disappointment during the very agitated examination of the 2023-2027 budget programming bill, during which a series of articles were rejected.