A no confidence motion against the government of French President Emmanuel Macron has fallen nine votes short of the 287 needed in parliament for it to succeed.
French government narrowly survives no-confidence vote
French President Emmanuel Macron’s government has narrowly survived a no confidence motion in the National Assembly after bypassing the lower house to push through a deeply unpopular change to the pension system.
On Monday, 278 MPs voted in favour of a tri-partisan, no confidence motion tabled by a centrist party and others, just nine short of the 287 needed for it to succeed.
A second motion of no confidence, tabled by the populist National Rally (RN), had no chance of going through later on Monday as other opposition parties said they would not vote for it.
A successful no-confidence vote would have sunk the government and killed the legislation, which is set to raise the retirement age by two years to 64.