French unions see threat of Yellow Vest rerun over Macron's retirement push

World 20:42 18.03.2023
French President Emmanuel Macron's move to force through his deeply unpopular pension reform without a vote in parliament could rekindle social unrest reminiscent of the Yellow Vest movement, union leaders and analysts have warned as protests continue to sweep the country.
 
Ednews reports citing France 24 that French police on Saturday banned protests on Paris's Place de la Concorde across from parliament and the nearby Champs Elysees after two nights of unrest.
 
"Due to serious risks of disturbances to public order... all gatherings on the public thoroughfare in Place de la Concorde and its surroundings, as well as in the area of the Champs Elysees, are banned," the capital's police said.
 
Opposition lawmakers have filed two motions of no confidence in the government to be debated in parliament on Monday afternoon, according to parliamentary sources. They hope to garner enough support to topple the cabinet and repeal the law to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64.
 
Demonstrations against the government's use of the special constitutional provision known as Article 49.3 to sweep aside parliamentary opposition to the reform have been angrier than anything seen over the past two months.

 

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