France pension reform: Macron’s government faces no confidence vote

The French government will face two votes of no confidence on Monday as the fallout continues from its controversial pension reform, the BBC reports.

Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne used constitutional article 49:3 to push the bill through without a vote last week.

Since then, thousands have taken to the streets of France in protest.

The no-confidence motions have been filed by centrist MPs and the far-right National Rally, with parliament due to debate them from 16:00 (15:00 GMT).

If the no-confidence motions succeed, President Emmanuel Macron would not be at risk of losing his job, but the positions of Ms Borne and the government would be jeopardised.

Mr Macron could either name a new government or dissolve the National Assembly and call new elections.

The pension reform bill would also be nullified.

If the no-confidence motions are unsuccessful, the bill to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 will become law.

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