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French Senate approves Macron’s pension reform after days of protests

French Senate approves Macron’s pension reform after days of protests

The Senate French has approved this Saturday, with 195 votes in favor and 112 against, the unpopular pension reform plan of the president Emmanuel Macrona bill whose key measure is to delay the retirement age by two years, to 64 years.

The upper house of the French Parliament voted on the text after a seventh day of protests across the country against the plan. The majority of voters oppose the text, according to opinion polls.

Now that the Senate has approved the bill, it will be reviewed by a joint committee of lower house and upper house lawmakers, probably on Wednesday.

If the commission reaches an agreement on the text, a final vote in both houses is likely to be held on Thursday, but the outcome of this still seems uncertain in the lower house, the National Assembly, where Macron’s party needs the votes. of their allies to obtain the majority.

If the Government fears that it will not have enough votes in the Lower House, it still has the possibility of moving forward with the text without a parliamentary vote, through the so-called 49:3 procedure.

A new day of strikes and protests throughout the country was scheduled for Wednesday.

Source: Reuters

Source: Gestion

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