The French prime minister announced that the authorities will raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 years without the approval of Parliament
French President Emmanuel Macron passed a pension reform without a vote in parliament, taking advantage of a constitutional provision that allows the government to ignore legislators.
During a speech in the National Assembly, Prime Minister Elisabeth Born announced that the government will officially apply the very article 49.3 of the French Constitution.
Earlier, the Council of Ministers held an emergency meeting to allow the Prime Minister to initiate this procedure. The decision came after a series of meetings in the country’s leadership, which, apparently, convinced Macron that the law may not gain a majority in the lower house of parliament. The decision to bypass parliament means the government can push through legislation to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 without risking losing the vote.
But it also means that a powerful series of new protests and strikes awaits France (they have been going on in recent months), which can also lead to the opposition immediately declaring a vote of no confidence. “When the president does not have a majority in the country, there is no majority in the National Assembly, he must withdraw his bill,” said the head of the Socialist Party, Olivier Faure. Bourne’s speech passed to the cries of right and left to resign.