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French Senate Adopts Macron's Pension Reform

The French Senate has approved President Emmanuel Macron's pension reform plan, which raises the retirement age by two years to 64. The bill passed with 195 votes in favor and 112 against.

French Senate
French Senate

Protests Against Pension Reform Plan

Despite nationwide demonstrations against the plan, the upper house of the French Parliament voted on the bill. Opinion polls show that a majority of voters oppose the text.

Next Steps for Pension Reform Bill

The bill will be reviewed by a joint committee of lower and upper house lawmakers, most likely on Wednesday. If the committee agrees on a text, a final vote will likely occur on Thursday in both chambers. However, the outcome in the lower chamber, the National Assembly, remains to be determined as Macron's party needs allies' votes for a majority.

Potential Outcome

If the government fears it won't have enough votes in the lower house, it can still push the text through without a parliamentary vote via a so-called 49:3 procedure. Another day of nationwide strikes and protests is planned for Wednesday.