The French president speaksEmmanuel Macron In a live interview on Wednesday to TF1 and France 2 at 13:00 on the social and political tensions resulting from Pension reformAccording to the Elysee.
Macron is also holding consultations with all parties on Tuesday, in the wake of demonstrations, sometimes punctuated by severe tensions, in many French cities, after Parliament approved the adoption of the retirement system, which does not seem to lead to calming the protests.
It is scheduled to receive the President in the morning, Elizabeth Bourne, whose government narrowly escaped Monday from being overthrown, with the refusal of Memorandum of no confidence In the National Assembly by nine votes.
On Monday evening, the Prime Minister, who was invited to the Elysee with a number of members of the government and leaders of the majority, said: “I am determined to continue to achieve the necessary transformations for our country.”
Macron will meet with the presidents of the Assembly and the Senate at the luncheon, before meeting in the evening with the deputies of the presidential camp.
And throughout the day, the anger continued in new gatherings, sit-ins, road closures, disruption of transportation, and even the depletion of fuel from the stations for the first time since the beginning of the demand movements.
“The battle continues”
Relying on Article 49.3 of the constitution that allows the bill to pass without a vote unless a motion of no-confidence leads to the overthrow of the government, the reform – which raises the retirement age from 62 to 64 – was formally approved Monday in parliament.
However, this parliamentary conclusion, which took place with a vote closer than expected (with 19 out of 61 deputies voting for no confidence), did not contribute to relieving pressure on the government, on the contrary.
National Rally leader Marine Le Pen said Elizabeth Bourne “must go” or “the president should fire her,” and several voices on the left called for her resignation.
“The fight continues,” all the leaders of the new Environmental and Social People’s Union coalition chanted.
They rely on the appeals submitted to the Constitutional Council and submitted a request to hold a referendum on the joint initiative, which the Constitutional Council must consider accepting.
In the meantime, Elizabeth Bourne announced on Monday evening that she would submit “directly” to the Constitutional Council a request to examine the text “as soon as possible”. Opponents of reform are also calling for continued street mobilization.
Anger and suspensions
On Monday night, demonstrators overturned and burned rubbish bins, erected barricades and hurled projectiles at police during spontaneous protests across France.
These scenes of tension were repeated in many large cities, such as Lyon, Nantes, Rennes, and even in Strasbourg, where about two thousand people demonstrated, according to the municipality.
In Dungis (west), security forces intervened on Monday night to Tuesday to disperse strikers who have been occupying an oil port for a week, according to an AFP photographer at the scene.
A source close to the strikers, contacted by Agence France-Presse before the end of the operation, reported that “clashes” took place during the night. A total of 287 people were arrested, including 234 in Paris, according to a police source.
France 24 / AFP