French parliamentarians' referendum bid to block privatisation of Paris airports

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In an unusual alliance of the Left and Right, a vast majority of French opposition parliamentarians have this week launched a demand for a national referendum over the government’s proposed privatisation of the Paris airports operator ADP. Such a move has never before been attempted, and must now be approved by the Constitutional Council. Martine Orange analyses the latest development in an increasingly strained relationship between parliament and the executive.

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A large cross-party group of French opposition parliamentarians have launched a bid to force the calling of a public referendum over the plans of President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist government to privatise the Paris airports operator Aéroports de Paris (ADP).