“The account was not there. Invited to the set of TF1, the prime minister explained her decision to use 49.3 to advance the pension reform project. As in the case of the National Assembly, Elizabeth Bourne justified the situation by the lack of a majority in the National Assembly and in particular among the Republicans (LR), and put forward a motion of no confidence, which would be a vote. for or against reform.
Republicans “wanted to vote for this reform,” “but some in that group wanted to play the personal card against the draft,” LR lamented Elizabeth Bourne, acknowledging that there was no majority vote for pension reform. “We couldn’t play into the future of substantial reform to preserve our pension system” on the “change of position” of deputies, she insisted, “convinced that we must change our pension system.”
The prime minister also returned to the hype during her National Assembly speech, during which she took charge of the government and brandished 49.3. “I was very shocked” by the “cries” in the National Assembly, she said. “A number of political groups do not respect our institutions,” she continued.
The leader of the far-right deputies, Marine Le Pen, immediately announced a vote of no confidence and ruled that the prime minister “cannot remain” in Matignon, and Nup and the LIOT group can also submit a vote of no confidence. LR boss Eric Ciotti announced that no member of the party would vote “for no vote of no confidence”. “These will be the voices of those who are for or against pension reform,” analyzed Elizabeth Bourne.
During an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers earlier today, Emmanuel Macron justified using 49.3 with “too much financial risk” that a rejection would entail. “My political interest and my political will was to go to the vote. Among all of you, I am not the one who risks his place or chair, ”he said during an extraordinary Council of Ministers, according to the participant.
After the announcement of 49.3, several thousand people took to the Place de la Concorde in Paris to protest against the pension reform and the application of Article 49.3. Spontaneous gatherings also took place in other French cities such as Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhone), Lyon (Rhone), Grenoble (Isère) or other small towns throughout the country. Trade unions are already expecting new mobilizations in the coming days.