The French Senate, thanks to the Senate’s right-wing majority, approved Wednesday night to delay the minimum retirement age from 62 to 64, a key point in President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms.
Shortly after midnight, 201 senators spoke out in support of the now-famous Article 7 of the bill. increase in 2 years 115 voted against and 29 abstained.
The vote came after 15 hours of intense parliamentary debate on the article. The left has put forward hundreds of amendments to stifle debate, while the right has resorted to exceptional means that can circumvent them.
Labor Minister Olivier Dussopt was satisfied, recognizing that this partial progress of his project was based on support from the rights essential for him to move forward in the mediation phase. I was cautious. between the two parliament buildings.
Dussopt sees this as “a vote of responsibility by the Senate choosing to follow the government” and hopes that all articles will be debated and adopted by the Senate’s deadline for processing at midnight on Sunday. stated that there is .
The night’s biggest winner was Bruno Retaillo, head of the congressional group of the classic right-wing Republican Party, whose senator was a fundamental supporter of Article 7. 127 voted in favor and only 2 voted against.
Beyond this vote and the parliamentary process that may end next week, the big obstacles for Macron are: large street protests Organized by all the unions brought together in a union that is completely unprecedented in France.
Last Tuesday, 6th day of mobilization It was the highest since the movement started in January. Number of demonstrators: 1.28 million according to the Ministry of Interior, 3.5 million according to the CGT.
It is true that the central government did not paralyze the country as announced, but they called two new days of action, Saturday 11 March and Wednesday 15 March, and called on President Macron to urgently accept them. rice field. of his reform project of pensions.
Meanwhile, strikes continue in some sectors, Especially public transport and energy.
In transport, both today and tomorrow, 20% of flights at Charles de Gaulle have been canceled, and Paris’ second airport, Orly, and Beauvais, Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Nantes, Marseille, Montpellier and Nice. 30% will be canceled at and Toulouse.