(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) Protesters set piles of rubbish on fire in central Paris on
Monday after President Emmanuel Macron's government narrowly
survived a no-confidence motion in parliament on Monday over a
deeply unpopular pension reform, trend reports citing reuters .
The failure of the no-confidence vote will be a relief to
Macron. Had it succeeded, it would have sunk his government and
killed the legislation, which is set to raise the retirement age by
two years to 64.
In some of Paris' most prestigious avenues, firefighters
scrambled to put out burning rubbish piles left uncollected for
days due to strikes as protesters played cat-and-mouse with
Earlier on Thursday, a Reuters reporter saw police fire tear gas
and briefly charge at protesters after the no-confidence vote
barely fell short of enough votes to pass.
Unions and opposition parties said they would step up protests
to try and force a u-turn.
The vote on the tripartisan, no-confidence motion was closer
than expected. Some 278 MPs backed it, just nine short of the 287
needed for it to succeed.
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