France’s National Assembly is set to vote on no-confidence motions filed after President Emanuel Macron’s move to push through controversial pension reforms.
France’s Macron faces no-confidence vote over pensions
President Emanuel Macron faces a critical moment when the French National Assembly is due to vote on no-confidence motions filed after his government bypassed parliament to push through an unpopular rise in the state pension age.
The move, which followed weeks of protests against the pension overhaul, triggered three nights of unrest and demonstrations in Paris and throughout the country, with hundreds of people arrested, reminiscent of the Yellow Vest protests that erupted in late 2018 over high fuel prices.
In a sign that Macron was holding firm, his office on Sunday evening said the president had called the heads of the Senate upper house and of the National Assembly to say he wanted the pension reform to go to “the end of its democratic process”.
Macron also told them the government was mobilised to “protect” members of parliament who are facing pressure ahead of the vote.