Macron warned that he will go all the way with the pension reform, despite the motion of no confidence against his government

Emmanuel Macron, President of France (Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS) (POOL/)

Emmanuel Macron declared this Sunday the intention of “go all the way” with the pension reform which increases the minimum retirement age from 62 to 64 years, despite the tense social and political climate due to its approval without a vote in the French Assembly.

Sources from the French Presidency sent this message to the media on the eve of the two motions of no confidence that the government that Macron appointed is facing, starting at 3:00 p.m. GMT and whose approval will depend on the vote of the 61 deputies of a divided conservative party.

“After months of political and social negotiations, with more than 170 hours of debate and which ended with an agreed text between the Senate and the Assembly, the President of the Republic expressed to those responsible for both chambers their desire that the text on pensions go to the end of its democratic journey while respecting everyone”He pointed to the note.

The reform was approved last Thursday the 16th by applying article 49.3, a legal spring that allows a bill to be carried out without a vote in the Assembly and that the Executive took action for not having secured an absolute majority due to the division of the conservatives Los Republicanos ( LR).

The new pension plan, considered essential by the French president to achieve balance in public finances, will come into force if the government survives the two motions and possible appeals in the Constitutional Council.

Macron also expressed his concern over the complaints from dozens of pro-government parliamentarians, who claim to have suffered verbal and physical threats for supporting the unpopular reform.

The president sued that “all means” be put in place to protect the threatened deputies.

For the fourth consecutive night, some cities in France registered anti-government demonstrations not declared to the authorities. The one in Paris, which took place without major incidents in the Forum Les Halles area, resulted in at least six arrests, and the one in Marseille, in which there were charges by riot police, with a dozen.

While France experienced its fourth night of spontaneous and undeclared demonstrations before the authority -in which hundreds of people have been arrested for altercations and burning street furniture-, the partial strikes continue.

30% of the flights from the Orly-Paris airport have been canceled for this Monday and 20% of those from the Marseille airport, due to strikes called by air traffic controllers.

French police and gendarmes stand guard in front of the National Assembly before the vote on the pension reform, in Paris (REUTERS / Pascal Rossignol)
French police and gendarmes stand guard in front of the National Assembly before the vote on the pension reform, in Paris (REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol) (Pascal Rossignol/)

The trains were also hit. 4 of the 5 high-speed routes circulate; two thirds of the regional TERs; and 60% of the Inter cities. In Paris, suburban trains do not run normally either.

Several refineries remain blocked, such as the one in Le Havre, the largest in the country. Although there is no consolidated data yet, several gas stations in the Lyon and Marseille region are already suffering from a lack of fuel.

For its part, the impacts of the stoppages in the collection of garbage in Paris are still being felt. Despite the fact that the Government has imposed the return of some workers for public health reasons, thousands of tons of garbage still accumulate on the sidewalks.

The Paris City Council, which supports the strike and does not cooperate with the government, calculated that the number of waste has stabilized at 10,000 tons.

(With information from EFE)

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