Macron says wants pensions reform to complete 'democratic journey'


Published: 2023-03-20 10:47

Last Updated: 2024-06-11 15:39

Macron says wants pensions reform to complete 'democratic journey'
Macron says wants pensions reform to complete 'democratic journey'

Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron told AFP he wanted his pensions reform, which could be finally approved in parliament next week, to go to the end of its democratic journey.

The controversial legislation, which has led to months of protests in parliament and on the streets, will be adopted in parliament Monday unless either of two motions of no-confidence in the government passes.

- French government defiant on pensions ahead of crucial votes -

France's government Sunday held its ground over a "bitterly contested" pension reform rammed through parliament without a vote, a day before it faces crucial no-confidence motions, as reported by the AFP.

"There will be no majority to bring the government down, but it will be a moment of truth," Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said of the two efforts to unseat the cabinet planned for Monday afternoon.

Monday's two no-confidence motions have been filed by a small group of centrist MPs and the far-right National Rally.

Although President Emmanuel Macron's camp has no absolute majority in the lower house National Assembly, it is the largest group and all of the opposition would need to unite for one of the votes to pass.

Most MPs from the conservative Republican party are not expected to back a no-confidence motion.

Republicans chief Eric Ciotti wrote on Twitter Sunday that his constituency office had been pelted with rocks overnight.

"The killers who did this want to put pressure on my vote on Monday," Ciotti wrote on Twitter, posting pictures showing smashed windows and threatening graffiti.

He has previously said that he would not "add chaos to chaos" by kicking the government out.

Another Republican lawmaker Frederique Meunier told broadcaster BFM that she had received hundreds of sometimes-threatening emails over the pension reform.

"It's harassment," she said. "We feel like they're going to cut our heads off tomorrow".