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Constitutional Court Decision Unlikely To Lower Tensions In France


France's constitutional court's ruling in favour of French President Emmanuel Macron's plan to raise the retirement age from 62-64 appears unlikely to significantly diffuse tensions in France. In the wake of the court's decision, opposition figures have pledged to continue actions taken in response to the widely unpopular legislation pushed through parliament via Article 49.3.

  • See bullets at 9:44 BST and 17:06 BST for additional information.
  • BFM TV reports that Macron will sign the reform bill into law within the next 48 hours with an implementation date set for September 1, according to French Labour Minister Olivier Dussopt.
  • Marine Le Pen (RN) tweeted: "...the political fate of the pension reform is not sealed. The people always having the last word, it will be up to them to prepare the alternation which will come back to this useless and unjust reform."
  • Jean-Luc Mélenchon (LFI) said after the decision: "The fight continues."
  • President of The Republicans, Eric Ciotti, said: "All political forces must accept [the Constitutional Court's decision]."
  • Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne: "Tonight, there is no winner or loser".

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