French government uses decree to force budget bill past parliament


After often rowdy parliamentary debates, rebellion from members of its own camp, and an avalanche of proposed amendments, the French government has used a controversial constitutional power to bypass the National Assembly, the lower and most powerful house, to ensure its first draft legislation for the 2023 budget is enacted by decree and without a vote by MPs. 

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The French government is to use special constitutional powers to force through its 2023 budget without a parliamentary vote, sparking accusations of “authoritarianism” from the opposition and underlining President Emmanuel Macron’s weakened domestic position since his centrist grouping lost its absolute majority in elections last spring, reports The Guardian.