- Emmanuel Macron's government failed to secure enough votes to pass a pension reform through normal parliamentary procedure.
- Instead, it activated an article of the constitution, 49.3, which enables it to force the reform through without a vote.
- Opposition parties now have 24 hours to table a no-confidence motion, which could topple the government.
- Polls consistently show that a big majority of the French are firmly against raising the retirement age.
- Union leaders are threatening a new round of strikes and protests in the next few days.
Has Emmanuel Macron doomed France’s government by pushing through his reforms?
Emmanuel Macron's government is at risk of collapsing after activating article 49.3 to force through an unpopular pension reform raising the minimum age from 62 to 64. Opposition parties have 24 hours to table a no-confidence motion. Union leaders threaten new strikes and protests.