Pension protests pile pressure on Macron ahead of crucial vote for France
French President Emmanuel Macron faces a critical test on Monday when the National Assembly is due to examine no-confidence motions filed after his government bypassed parliament on Thursday to push through a deeply unpopular pension reform, sparking days of unrest.
The move, which followed weeks of protests against the pension overhaul, triggered three nights of unrest and demonstrations in Paris and throughout the country, reminiscent of the Yellow Vest protests that erupted in late 2018 over high fuel prices.
In a statement issued Sunday from his office to AFP, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed hope that "the text on pensions can go to the end of its democratic journey". This will in all likelihood happen, as Monday's votes may put on display anger at Macron's government, but are unlikely to bring it down.
Opposition lawmakers filed two motions of no confidence in parliament on Friday.
But the party still faced some pressure.
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