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Move to force through pension reform set to deal big blow to Macron presidency

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A protest against President Macron's pension reforms at Rennes in west France on December 10th 2019. © AFP A protest against President Macron's pension reforms at Rennes in west France on December 10th 2019. © AFP

On Saturday February 29th, during an emergency meeting of ministers called to discuss the Coronavirus crisis, the French government took the decision to force its bitterly-opposed pension reforms through Parliament without a vote. In adopting the “nuclear option” of invoking Article 49-3 of the French Constitution to do this, President Emmanuel Macron is hoping that public debate will now shift to other issues. But as Ellen Salvi writes, the move is likely to plunge the remaining two years of his presidency into greater political uncertainty and even undermine his chances of re-election in 2022.

Health minister takes over Paris mayoral bid amid sex video scandal

French health minister Agnès Buzyn, who has been leading the national response to the coronavirus epidemic, stepped down on Sunday to become President Macron's LREM party candidate for mayor of Paris after former government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux, originally appointed for the bid, quit on Friday over revelations of a sex video he purportedly features in. 

Macron MP leaves party as unease over anti-hooligan bill grows

Matthieu Orphelin  quit  as 50 fellow MPs from ruling party abstained in the vote on the controversial bill in National Assembly.

Paris binmen arrested in attempt to dump rubbish at Macron party HQ

Two Paris binmen who stole a truck from their service depot and attempted to empty the rubbish it was carrying outside the headquarter's of President Emmanuel Macron's political party were arrested in central Paris on Friday by gun-waving police.