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Record of protesters at LREM during the vote on the return of neonicotinoids

It is an understatement to say that the subject divides the majority. If the National Assembly gave the green light to the temporary reintroduction of neonicotinoids in order to save the beet industry, this Tuesday, October 6, it was at the cost of a record which LREM would have done well without. 32 LREM deputies voted against and 36 abstained; only 175 of the 271 members of the Macronist group voted in favor of the text. Unheard of in the majority.

The previous record of “Slingshot” was reached in July 2019, during the ratification of the free trade treaty between the EU and Canada (Ceta), when nine LREM deputies voted against and 52 abstained.

A waiver until 2023

In total, the Assembly validated the bill on neonicotinoids by 313 votes in favor, 158 against and 56 abstentions. The whole of the left voted against, a majority of LR and MoDem in favor, but most of the groups were divided.

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In order to fight against “Jaundice” of beet which affects yields, the text provides for an exemption for the use of these beet-killing insecticides until 2023, the creation of a supervisory board and the ban, on plots where neonicotinoids, to plant cultures that attract bees so as not to expose them.

A “renunciation” for environmentalists

Denounced as “A renunciation” or a fault by the left and environmentalists, the return of neonicotinoids is the only “Alternative”, according to the Minister of Agriculture Julien Denormandie, who makes the survival of the beet industry a “Sovereignty” agrifood.

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If the LREM deputy for Creuse Jean-Baptiste Moreau estimated on Tuesday that the bill was a “Pragmatic response to the catastrophic situation in which the French beet industry finds itself”, faced with a “Monumental technical dead end”, the deputy Ecology, Democracy and Solidarity (EDS) Delphine Batho castigated a “Vote that turns its back on years of work, on years of fighting with beekeepers (…) who mobilized to ban neonicotinoids” and one “Monstrous impact of these poisons”.

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