Dozens of processions were held again throughout Franceparticularly in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes and Rennes to stop what seems to be inevitable: a pension reform which among other points would bring the retirement threshold from 62 to 64 years.
This Wednesday, while the figures for the Ministry of Interior They fought between 480,000 demonstrators throughout France, against 1.7 million of the General Confederation of Labor (CGT)in the National Assemblyl senators and representatives found a compromise in a joint commission so that the Thursday the law can have its definition in the Parliament.
After more than eight hours of debate, the 7 deputies and 7 senators of the Mixed Mixed Commission (CMP) pensions ended up agreeing on a final version of the text. The postponement of the legal age has been confirmed, although MPs have acted on a “review clause” in 2027, with parliamentary debate.
Although the Prime Minister Elizabeth Borne was “convinced that the Senate and the National Assembly can reach an agreement”, without the 287 votes necessary for its approval sources close to the Elysee Palace they did not rule out that the president Emmanuel Macron may pose even the threat of dissolution in case of loss in the Assembly.
After a meeting led by the Head of State, with the Prime Minister and various members of his cabinet, it was made known from the Executive headquarters that Macron “wishes” that the Chamber be the one to decide the fate of the pension reform. In other words, some interpreted that the possibility of resorting to the constitutional weapon of the 49-3norm that allows to obtain the law without the need of the votes of the legislators.
“We must mobilize all parliamentarians with a spirit of responsibility”, “the consultations will continue to continue with the mobilization”, it was said in the president’s entourage on the eve of this decisive vote and still uncertain about the existence of a majority in favor of giving him green light.
The granting of a review clause is expected to be one of the keys to convince the still hesitant deputies to The Republicans (LR). Also the acceptance, in this mixed commission, of the extension of the long-career system that will allow early retirement for those who have started working early.
On the side of Matignon, as the headquarters of the head of the ministers is known, “nothing is decided”, let her entourage transcend. There will be no rest to get the necessary support.
According to polls by the news network BFMTV, by a recount stopped Tuesday night, 224 deputies declare themselves determined to vote for the reform, for an estimated and necessary absolute majority of 287 votes to approve it. The Lower House has 577 legislators, of whom 237 belong to the Nupes left-wing group and Marine Le Pen’s far-right group, the National Meeting (RN), who are publicly fighting against the government project.
The day of this Thursday will be frantic. The Senate must first confirm its positive vote in the morning, which is a fact. The project will arrive later in the afternoon to the National Assembly, where there are no certainties. But in addition, the security operation must guarantee the protection of a session that will also be threatened by protesters who are summoned to the Palais Bourbonparliamentary seat.
When this happens, the chairman of the far-right party RN, Jordan Bardella He warned that “deputies and senators have an appointment with the French, with their conscience and with a text of law that is going to be very difficult. For him MEP“if the Government chooses to use the 49-3 It is because I would be aware that this text is not the majority in the country and that there is a risk that it will not pass to the National Assembly”.
“It would be a forceful step, but it is above all a forceful step against the French.” For Bardella, it would be “an end of the reign”.
In le parisienLaurent Berger, the general secretary of the CFDT He again appealed “to the parliamentarians so that they do not vote for the pension reform.” As other trade unionists propose, Berger asks that they activate a referendum of shared initiative, a proposal on the other hand supported by some parliamentarians.
“One of the possibilities is to ask citizens what they think. There is a parliamentary tool called a shared initiative referendum. Only 185 parliamentarians are needed to pick it up and launch it. It depends on them,” he said.
In fact, according to a survey of praise published on Wednesday, 75% of the French are in favor of organizing a referendum on the project. Several sectors even agree that it would be a way to solve the crisis.
Finally, this same consultant produced another work where a large majority of the population, 67%, approves the mobilization against the pension reform. Above all, this survey published on Wednesday indicates that 62% want the protest to continue if this Thursday it is approved by vote or Elisabeth Borne makes use of the controversial article 49.3.
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