Just One Member of France’s 925-Person Parliament Voted Against Extending Airstrikes on Iraq

Nearly 100 percent of France’s Parliament voted to extend airstrikes on ISIS (also known as the Islamic State or Daesh) in a 13 January 2015 vote. Just one member of the 925-member body voted against the proposal.

France’s bicameral Parliament is divided into the National Assembly, the lower house, and the Senate, the upper house. The vote results were the following:

National Assembly:

  • 488 for (97% of those present)
  • 1 against
  • 13 abstentions
  • 1 no vote

Senate:

  • 327 for (95% of those present)
  • 0 against
  • 19 abstentions

Most of those who abstained were members of the French Communist Party (PCF), which has seven members in the National Assembly and 17 in the Senate, and the Citizen and Republican Movement—a Eurosceptic leftist party to the left of the ruling neoliberal Socialist Party (PS)—which has three members in the National Assembly and one in the Senate.

The single member of the entire parliament to vote against the measure was Jean-Pierre Gorges, MP and Mayor of Chartres, of the right-wing Union for a Popular Movement (UPM) party, one of France’s two major parties (the other being the centre-left PS).

Gorges told Reuters, “This is a conflict that is much bigger than us, as we do not even have the means to assure our security in France” (translation mine).

AP reported that the lawmaker explained his vote arguing “the situation on the ground was improving and warning that more bombing could invite more extremist violence.”

L’Écho républicain, the regional paper for L’Eure-et-Loir, a French département (an administrative region that divides the country into 101 parts, not unlike a county) the capital of which is Chartes, published an interview with député Gorges (in French).