French MPs approve new budgetary measures amid testing debates for government


France’s lower house, the National Assembly, on Wednesday approved a package of adjustments to the 2022 state budget, which centres on emergency measures to ease the growing cost of living crisis. But the adoption of the measures came after a tortuous series of debates for the government which, after recently losing its absolute majority in the Assembly, was forced into compromises. For opposition groups, it demonstrated a newly invigorated parliament, while for the government it confirmed the serious challenges ahead for pushing through its planned reforms. Mathieu Dejean reports.

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After an overnight session and vote early on Wednesday morning, capping four days of fiery debates, France’s lower house, the National Assembly, has finally adopted a bill of modifications to the 2022 state budget provisions, and which include emergency measures to ease the effects of the current surge of inflation.