the Paris police More than 200 people were arrested in connection with the riots that took place Thursday night in the French capital, in protest against the ratification of an article in the constitution by the government. Emmanuel Macron affiliate Pension reformwhich increases retirement age From 62 to 64 years old.
especially, 217 people were arrested after setting fires and damaging public furniture And after confronting the security forces, according to the chain’s information BFTM.
Thousands of people gathered in Place de la Concorde in Parisjust a few steps from French Parliamentto denounce the “coercive move” of the executive when taking advantage of Article 49.3 of the Constitution To reform pensions, which He did not get the support of the National Assembly for him to move on.
Security forces intervened to disperse the demonstrators Near the House of Representatives, where the news agency was able to verify France Press agency.
Customers used water cannons and tear gas after trying to damage the company’s business Obelisk of ancient Egypt It is located in the center of the square, according to what the police indicated.
Several cities in France recorded spontaneous demonstrations Against the reform promoted by President Emmanuel Macron.
French unions are also planning another day Strikes and demonstrations Against the reform promoted by Macron. The United Trade Union Front continues to demand withdrawal from reform and calls for another day of strikes and demonstrations for the benefit of the Republic. Thursday, March 23rdCGT’s hardline union president said at a press conference, Catherine Perrett.
The government invoked special constitutional powers on Thursday to promote the reform in question without a vote in parliament, where the Center Party does not have an outright majority.
Macron and his government are facing a real political storm after the ratification by decree and without a vote in the National Assembly, in the absence of a clear majority among the deputies.
The decision, taken after the third meeting of the day at the Elysee, between Macron, his prime minister, Elizabeth Bourneand several members of the executive branch, opened the way for the announcement of separate proposals for censure by the left and the extreme right, as well as requests for the resignation of the prime minister.
Bourne faced the bad taste of the announcement before the plenum of the National Assembly The government resorted to Article 49.3 of the Constitution, which allows approval of a measure without a parliamentary vote, which was agreed upon after a brief extraordinary cabinet meeting.
“You can’t risk playing with the future of pensions, this reform is necessary,” Borne said, amid cheers and boos from the opposition, before confirming that his government was making this decision “out of responsibility.”
Bourne had to speak between some jeers and repeated cheers from La Marseilles from left MPs, who also chanted “Resign, Resign” to the Prime Minister, a brief but stormy interjection.
Asylum to 49.3 opens the doors to a potential political crisis, with several calls from the opposition for Bourne’s resignation and the swift announcement of two censure movements, one from the left and one from the far right.
The far-right leader has bluntly stated that ‘Bourne cannot go on’ Marine Lépinewho stressed that “the majority of the French” spoke against the government’s project.
He also provided that his group would vote in favor of any motion of no confidence, even if it was from the left, after the executive branch decided to circumvent the parliamentary vote. He stressed that “the important thing is not who submits the proposal, the important thing is that the government falls.”
Le Pen, who considered the situation to be a “deep political crisis,” pointed directly at President Macron, saying that pension reform was the only reform he introduced during last year’s election campaign.
A text that does not enjoy a majority in the National Assembly or the support of the people should go to the trash can.said the far-right MP, who considered that resorting to 49.3 of the executive branch “shows its weakness.”
The left is also preparing a censure motion, according to the communist leader, Fabian RussellWho encouraged the crowd to continue in the streets and insisted on his initiative to request a referendum that requires four million signatures.
“The no-confidence motion is ready, and we will try to get as much support as possible,” the Communist deputy said.
The Senate had approved the reform this morning with a comfortable margin (193 votes in favor and 114 against), but the doubts that prevailed in a large number of deputies from the Macronista bloc and from the conservative LR party did not make it possible to achieve what was required. The number of affirmative votes in the assembly.
Those doubts remained despite the fact that it was The government accepted some changes in its legislative draft At L.R.’s request, by which Bourne and his ministers hoped to achieve sufficient support in the Assembly, a matter never finally confirmed.
The chaotic day is framed by new partial strikes in various sectors (rail, energy or air traffic controllers), while the garbage collection in half of Paris is already on the tenth day of the strike.
(with information from AFP and EFE)
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