Macron left ‘weakened and isolated’ as French government pushes through pension reform
19 March 2023 | 12:06 pm
We look at press reaction to the French government invoking Article 49.3 of the constitution, forcing through Emmanuel Macron's controversial pension reform plan without a vote. In other news: 2.5 tonnes of missing uranium have been found in Libya, sparking questions surrounding nuclear security.
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French Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne is meeting the major players involved in, or largely opposed to, the government's pension reform plans. The reform is set to be the big political battle of the next six months, with President Emmanuel Macron promising to push it through before the summer.
Prime Minister Elizabeth Borne is scheduled to unveil Emmanuel Macron's cornerstone reform later on Tuesday. The government argues the system is currently financially unsustainable and will need more contributions going forward.
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A pension reform is to push up France's minimum pension age from 62 to 64. The government says the measures are needed. But most French, and even a number of economists, disagree.
Trade unions launched a third wave of nationwide strikes on Tuesday against President Emmanuel Macron's plans to make the French work longer before retirement, a day after parliament began debate on the bill. Read our live blog below to see how all the day's events unfolded.
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