Macron faces another test with parliamentary votes on March 20

Paris, 19/3: President Emmanuel Macron faces a critical moment on Monday when the National Assembly is due to vote on no-confidence motions filed after his government bypassed parliament on Thursday to push through an unpopular rise in the state pension age.



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.


However, while Monday’s votes may put on display anger at Macron’s government, they are unlikely to bring it down.

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