French PM Philippe pushes through controversial pension reforms without vote

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French PM Philippe pushes through controversial pension reforms without vote

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French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe pushed through the Macron governments controversial pension reforms without a parliamentary vote on Saturday, after the opposition filed more than 40,000 amendments to the draft law.

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After nearly thirteen days of often fractious debate in Frances National Assembly, Philippe explained this surprise move by telling MPs that he needed to “put an end to this episode of non-debate” with opponents of the bill, and to “allow the rest of the legislative process to take place”.

The bill will become law unless the National Assembly votes through a censure motion within three days, but it would be unlikely to pass, because President Emmanuel Macron's La République En Marche enjoys a sizeable majority.

French unions have been up in arms over these plans to merge the countrys 42 different retirement schemes into a single points-based system.

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