Macron’s decision confused France
The method adopted by French President Emmanuel Macron to pass the reform law, which includes gradually increasing the retirement age from 62 to 64, has increased the tension in the street.
Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne’s administration of Article 49.3 of the Constitution, which allowed the reform bill to be passed without approval in the National Assembly, both caused intense protest and jeopardized the future of the government. With the announcement of the decision, protest actions broke out in various cities of France. Protests continued across the country yesterday as well.
The future of the Borne government will depend on the outcome of the two no-confidence motions. If the no-confidence motions find support after the developments, which are perceived as an indicator of how isolated Macron is in the political picture, the reform will be deemed not passed and the government will fall. If there is no support for the no-confidence motion, the reform will be deemed to have been accepted and the natural process will take place. A vote of no confidence is required by 287 parliamentarians to be passed.