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Fires are started across France and protests continue after Macron forces through hated pension law

French opposition lawmakers have filed a no confidence motion against President Emmanuel Macron’s government after the controversial bill to raise the retirement age was forced through parliament without a vote.

‘The motion will allow us to get out on top of a deep political crisis’, Bertrand Pancher, the head of a left-wing independent parliamentary group that co-signed the motion said.

Several cars were torched in Paris and other French cities in the evening during demonstrations involving several thousand people. Trade unions mobilised workers to briefly block a Paris ring road.

Angry critics, political opponents and labor unions around France all blasted President Emmanuel Macron’s for his decision to ram the bill raising the retirement age from 62 to 64 through the legislature.

The formal no confidence vote will likely take place early next week.

Macron ordered Borne on Thursday to wield a special constitutional power to push the highly unpopular pension bill through without a vote in the National Assembly, France’s lower house of parliament.

His calculated risk infuriated opposition lawmakers, many citizens and unions.

The French are deeply attached to keeping the official retirement age at 62, which is among the lowest in European countries.

Source of data and images: dailymail

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