On Monday, the French National Assembly is to vote on a vote of no confidence in the government due to the pension reform being pushed through by the cabinet of Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne. “President Emmanuel Macron faces a critical moment,” writes Reuters.
government on Thursday France decided to use article 49.3 of the constitution, which gives him the opportunity to adopt the pension reform without putting it to a vote in the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament. On the same day, in the evening, protests broke out in many cities. In some places, cars and rubbish bins were set on fire, public objects were destroyed. Demonstrators blocked the Paris ring road, Toulon and Bordeaux stations. In the capital, police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators in Plac Zgody, where about 7,000 people had gathered.
“Macron faces a critical moment”
On Friday, MPs from the centrist Liot party announced that they would submit an “interpartisan” motion of no confidence in the government, which was backed by the radical leftist Nupes party. The government’s decision to use Art. 49.3 “is the apogee of the denial of democracy (…) and disregard for our institutions,” Liot wrote in the application. The second application was submitted by a far-right formation Marine LePen The National Union (RN), which announced that the reform of the pension system is “unfair and unnecessary”.
On Monday, the National Assembly is to vote on a vote of no confidence in the government. Reuters points out that “President Emanuel Macron is facing a critical moment”.
Macron’s office said on Sunday evening that the president had summoned the presidents of the Senate and the National Assembly. He told them that he wanted the pension reform to come to “the end of the democratic process”. For the collapse of the French government, an absolute majority of deputies (287 votes) must vote for the no-confidence vote, which is unlikely, especially since the government is likely to be supported by MPs from the centre-right party Republicans – predicts AFP.
Support for Macron is falling
Macron’s support has fallen to its lowest level since the 2019 “yellow vest” protests, according to an Ifop study published on Sunday by the Journal du Dimanche.
The French president is now supported by 28 percent of those polled. According to the Journal du Dimanche, Macron is paying the price for an unpopular reform of the pension system. Frederic Dabi, the director of Ifop, was quoted by the newspaper as recalling that Macron’s support had fallen by 13 percent since his re-election in May 2022.
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