French protests: Government faces two no-confidence motions over controversial pension reforms | world news

French President Emmanuel Macron’s government is facing two no-confidence motions after trying to push through plans to raise the country’s retirement age.

Violent protests broke out In Paris on Friday after the government bypassed the lower house with unpopular proposals to raise the country’s retirement age by two years to 64.

Centrist deputies and those of the extreme right of the National Rally have both tabled motions of no confidence in the government.

A successful no-confidence vote would topple the government and kill the legislation, but would require the support of a majority of the country’s 577 lawmakers – an alliance expected to stretch from the far left to the far right.

The far-right motion should not succeed, but the vote of the centrist group should be tighter.

It comes after protesters clashed with police in the streets of Paris on Friday, with officers making dozens of arrests during Place de la Concorde unrest.

Demonstrations also took place in other French cities, including Bordeaux, Toulon and Strasbourg.

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Protesters appear to have been sprayed with a substance during a clash with riot police in Bordeaux.

Protesters on a highway near the western city of Rennes clashed with police on Monday as they erected burning barricades to block traffic.

Christine Lassalle, a member of FO, one of France’s main trade unions, said: “The real violence is not in the streets, it is in the reform.”


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