Home » World News » Macron to address government plan, protests after surviving no-confidence vote on pension reform
Macron to address government plan, protests after surviving no-confidence vote on pension reform
Anti-pension bill protesters burn Macron effigy in Paris
Protesters opposing Macron’s plan to push through pension changes without a parliamentary vote throw a cut-out of the president on a fire while demanding his resignation. (CREDIT: Reuters)
French President Emmanuel Macron is set to address his nation Wednesday after the government survived two no-confidence votes Monday over an unpopular pension reform that sparked protests across France.
Macron will be interviewed on TF1 and France 2 TV stations Wednesday to "outline what happens now" that the legislation is considered adopted, government spokesman Oliver Veran said according to Reuters. The bill still faces a review by the Constitutional Council before it can be formally signed into law.
The pensions bill pushed by Macron would raise the retirement age from 62 to 64. The no-confidence motion was filed by a small centrist group and supported by a leftist coalition, receiving 278 votes in the National Assembly and ultimately falling short of the required 287 votes needed to pass. Another motion from the far-right party only secured 94 votes.
Macron is already set to hold talks with Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne Tuesday along with heads of both houses of parliament and lawmakers amid the protests unfolding over the last several days.
MACRON’S GOVERNMENT FACES VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE AFTER PUSHING UP RETIREMENT AGE
Protests broke out last week after Macron pushed the new legislation through without a parliamentary vote, with Macron relying on Article 49.3 of the constitution to allow such a move. The push proved wildly unpopular among the public, with protesters and strikers taking to the streets.