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France's Macron to force through pension reform with no vote
|Last Edited||RP Mar 16, 2023 09:55am|
|Author||Hugh Schofield & Paul Kirby|
|News Date||Thursday, March 16, 2023 03:15:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||The French government has decided to force through its unpopular pension reforms, avoiding a knife-edge vote in the National Assembly. |
Although the plan to raise the pension age from 62 to 64 passed the upper house on Thursday, ministers realised they might not have the numbers in the lower house.
Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne will now rely on a constitutional procedure.
Article 49:3 enables the government to pass legislation without a vote.
The pension reforms have prompted weeks of protests and strikes across France.
The problem with the 49:3 clause is that it would also allow the opposition to call a censure motion. The government also knows it will face anger from protesters on the street, who see the 49:3 as anti-democratic.
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