With only a margin of 2 or 3 favorable deputies according to projections, the vote, scheduled for Thursday, March 16, was considered too risky. The reform will therefore be adopted but the government risks a motion of censure which would precipitate the fall of Elisabeth Borne. Unions and opposition are upwind.
The last stage of the day of the text on the pension reform was to consist of a vote before the National Assembly at 3 p.m. The bill will eventually pass with the use of 49.3. According Le Figaroit was Emmanuel Macron who made the decision in person.
After bringing together the presidential camp at the Elysée this Thursday noon, the President did not want to take any risks and organized an exceptional Council of Ministers in order to dispose of Article 49.3.
This article of the Constitution allows a text to be adopted, without a vote of the deputies, while still engaging its responsibility.
Decisive meeting at the Elysée
The decision fell just minutes before the vote scheduled for 3 p.m. Uncertainty reigned all morning after the favorable vote of the Senate in the morning to this final version voted the day before by the Joint Joint Commission, a body representing the two assemblies.
The second meeting of the day of the caciques of the relative majority of Emmanuel Macron, after the one convened at the start of the morning, lasted about an hour. Emmanuel Macron and Elisabeth Borne then had a face-to-face interview lasting about twenty minutes.
During this final meeting held at midday at the Élysée, concerning the use or not of 49.3 to have the text adopted without a vote of the deputies, Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne would have indicated that she would assume to be a “fuse” in the event of an appeal. at 49.3, according to the testimony of a participant collected by BFMTV.
Vote Monday for the motion of censure
According to the latest counts, around twenty LR deputies wanted to vote against the reform and the margin was too small – 2 to 3 deputies – to be assured of a majority
“It’s a mistake if we make a 49.3 and we don’t go to the vote, I will not assume it, I will even denounce it!”, Launches a majority deputy to our colleagues from France Info.
“They crush democracy as they crush working France”, denounces on franceinfo the deputy LFI François Ruffin. “It’s a day of defeat for them.”
Terminal under the boos at the Assembly
The Prime Minister spoke in front of the Assembly at 3:10 p.m. this afternoon to announce the decision to appeal to 49.3, under the incessant boos and Marseillaises of the opposition. “If everyone voted according to their past convictions, we would not be here this afternoon”, she launched to the attention of the Republicans.
On the other hand, the vote on the motion or motions of censure should take place on Monday, March 20.