PARIS, 16 MAR – The decisive day of the pension reform began at 9, with the examination of the bill wanted by Emmanuel Macron by the Senate. A formality, everyone agrees, given that the government enjoys an absolute majority in that branch of parliament. The moment of truth is set for 3 pm, when the most contested text will be presented to the deputies for the vote. On paper, the Macronians do not have an absolute majority, but the support of the Républicains of the moderate right. In whose ranks, however, there are several snipers who will not vote for the reform that raises the minimum retirement age from 62 to 64. At 8:15 this morning, the President of the Republic summoned the government for a final fine-tuning of the strategy aimed at obtaining a favorable vote in the Assembly thus avoiding the “49-3”, the vote of confidence that would divide the country. Yesterday evening, Macron had already brought together the government and ministers, calling for a positive vote and adding that “all scenarios” are possible in the event of a no victory. Including, all commentators immediately noted, the dissolution of Parliament with the calling of new elections. (HANDLE).
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