The Constitutional Council, chaired by former French Prime Minister Laurent Fabius and consisting of a total of 9 members, discussed the request for a referendum on lowering the retirement age.
In the statement made by the council, it was stated that this referendum request submitted by the parliamentarians was rejected on the grounds that it did not constitute a “reform” according to Article 11 of the constitution.
According to Article 11 of the Constitution, the president and a certain number of parliamentarians can propose reforms to France’s economic or social policy.
253 parliamentarians against the pension reform applied to the Constitutional Council on 13 April demanding a referendum on lowering the retirement age to 62.
Mass demonstrations against reform continue
Meanwhile, unions will hold the 14th mass demonstration against pension reform on 6 June.
A bill to repeal the pension reform will be discussed in the National Assembly on 8 June.
Mass demonstrations broke out in France on March 16, following the government’s decision to pass the bill, which includes increasing the retirement age from 62 to 64, without voting.
Violence took place in many parts of the country as the police dealt with the protesters harshly.
More than 1,000 people have been detained in protests across the country since March 16.
The Constitutional Council, to which the opposition and the government applied to determine whether the reform was in conformity with the constitution, approved the article of the draft law that increased the retirement age to 64, and rejected the 6 articles in whole or in part.
The bill was signed by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and published in the Official Gazette.