Thousands of people took to the streets across the country after French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne activated the 3rd paragraph of Article 49 of the Constitution for the pension reform bill, which allows a bill to pass without a vote in the Parliament.
In the protests held in many cities, especially in Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux, Nantes and Amiens, a fierce clash took place between the demonstrators and the police.
In the city of Dijon, demonstrators set fire to a model of President Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, Government Spokesperson Olivier Veran and Labor Minister Olivier Dussopt, which they brought with them.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced on French Radio RTL that 310 people, 258 of whom were in the capital Paris, were detained due to yesterday’s demonstrations.
“Opposition is legitimate, demonstrations are legitimate, but vagrancy and vagrancy that leads to violence are not.” Darmanin said, adding that they will increase security for important institutions in the city.
The Governorship of Bourgogne-Franche-Comte stated that a criminal complaint will be made on behalf of the state due to the destructions in the region.
French Prime Minister Borne announced yesterday that he had put in place the 3rd paragraph of Article 49 of the Constitution, which allows a bill to pass the parliament without a vote, for the bill on pension reform.
After the Prime Minister’s statement, people took to the streets in many cities, especially Paris.
Demonstrators evacuated from the square by the police in Paris, set fire to garbage, vehicles and some public properties in the side streets where they dispersed.
Paragraph 3 of Article 49 of the Constitution
Paragraph 3 of Article 49 of the Constitution authorizes the government to pass the bill without a vote in the National Assembly and allows the opposition to submit a motion of no confidence against it.
If the no-confidence motion receives the support of the majority of the deputies in the Assembly, the government falls.
If the proposal is not supported by the majority in the Assembly, the bill is considered passed without a vote in the Assembly and comes before the Senate.
The French took to the streets many times for mass strikes and demonstrations against the pension reform, the content of which was announced by Prime Minister Borne on January 10.
The reform, against which millions of French protesters have launched mass strikes and demonstrations, includes gradually increasing the retirement age from 62 to 64 by 2030.