- French President Macron overrides lawmakers to raise retirement age from 62 to 64.
- Government uses clause 49.3 to pass pensions bill without a vote, risking political crisis.
- Opposition parties threaten no-confidence motion, but government has survived several before.
- Nearly three-quarters of the public oppose raising retirement age, leading to protests and strikes.
- Macron argues change is needed to protect pension system, but unions claim it unfairly hurts women and the least well-off.
Emmanuel Macron to force pension reform without vote as protests sweep France
French President Emmanuel Macron overrides lawmakers to raise retirement age from 62 to 64, risking political crisis and backlash on the streets.