The government activated article 49-3 to adopt the pension reform without submitting the text to the vote of the deputies.
Emmanuel Macron has decided. The government of Elisabeth Borne activated article 49-3 of the Constitution in the National Assembly, this Thursday, to cut short the vote and adopt the pension reform bill.
The Prime Minister spoke at 3 p.m. in the hemicycle but her speech was disrupted by a large number of deputies, particularly on the left, who intoned the Marseillaise and held up signs “64 years old, it’s no”, provoking a suspension of the session.
“Today, on the text of the Parliament, uncertainty hangs over a few votes. We cannot take the risk of seeing 175 hours of parliamentary debate collapse. We cannot take the risk of seeing the compromise built by the two Assemblies discarded. We cannot bet on the future of our pensions, and this reform is necessary”, justified Elisabeth Borne at the start of the Assembly session.
a motion of cross-partisan censure?
An extraordinary Council of Ministers had been convened urgently by the President of the Republic to allow the government to take responsibility for this text.
The government is now exposed to a motion of censure which should be examined at the beginning of next week.
The deputy Liberties and Territories (Liot) Charles de Courson had submitted Tuesday the idea of a “transpartisan censure motion”, able to counter the adoption of the pension reform. To be able to table this motion, the elected representative of the Marne called on the other protesting political forces to join his proposal. His group, made up of 20 members, is not numerous enough to achieve this objective, requiring 58 signatures from deputies, or 10% of the National Assembly.