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Macron's government survives but faces wrath of France over pension overhaul

By Roger Cohen

20 Mar 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

President Emmanuel Macron survived two no-confidence motions. But whether he can reassert his authority as protests continue to rock the country remains an open question, reports the NYT.

PARIS — The French National Assembly rejected a no-confidence motion against the government of President Emmanuel Macron on Monday, ensuring that a fiercely contested bill raising the retirement age to 64 from 62 becomes the law of the land.

The first of two motions received 278 votes, nine short of the 287 needed to pass. The close result reflected widespread anger at the pension overhaul, at Macron for his apparent aloofness and at the way the measure was rammed through Parliament last week without a full vote on the bill itself. The Senate, France’s upper house of Parliament, passed the pension bill this month.

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