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Macron Government to Force New French Retirement Age Through Without Vote

  • The unpopular move would bypass France’s National Assembly
  • The pension reform would boost the retirement age to 64
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President Emmanuel Macron will use executive fiat to push through his unpopular pension reform that will raise the French retirement age to 64, effectively bypassing the lower house of parliament.

The pension bill was debated in parliament for six weeks before it became clear Macron couldn’t muster enough votes, leading the government to invoke the constitutional provision known as Article 49.3 that allows for the adoption of a law without a vote.