March 22, 2023 12:09 GMT
Macron-Pension Reforms Should Be Enacted By Year-End
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UPDATED WITH ADDITIONAL COMMENTS. Speaking in a televised interview, French President Emmanuel Macron has stated that the controversial pension reform bill forced through parliament without a vote should be enacted by year-end. Livestream of interview (in French): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaDkmD2Xee4
- Asked if he made any mistakes in the pension reform and Article 49.3 process, which nearly saw the gov't removed in a confidence vote, Macron states that his issue wad "Not being able to convince [the public]."
- Macron: "I regret that none of the trade union forces have proposed a compromise"
- Macron: "We will try and get back to normal as soon as possible." The optimistic comment comes with a major day of protest and strike action planned for tomorrow.
- Macron: Borne still has my confidence. She has the confidence of parliament. She won the vote of confidence. There is no alternative majority in parliament. I have asked her to work on a programme for government. Our political tradition does not allow for coalition agreements. Many parliamentarians supported our reform...'