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The French opposition launches a joint motion of censure against the Government

MADRID, 17 Mar.

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The French opposition launches a joint motion of censure against the Government


Opposition deputies have come together this Friday to present a motion of censure against the Government of France to which they aspire to add to all those voices dissatisfied with the policies of the Executive and, in particular, with the pension reform, although for now they do not add enough support for it to get ahead.

The initiative has come from a group that brings together deputies from the center and former allies of the president, Emmanuel Macron, and has already received the endorsement of five blocks, including the one that brings together left-wing formations. They criticize the "democratic brutality" of the Government, which on Thursday again resorted to a constitutional prerogative that allows it to carry out a law without submitting it to a vote in the Lower House.

This "cross-partisan" motion of no confidence, as the text says, responds to a reform that opposition deputies consider "unfair" and that "mistreats millions of compatriots." "Voting this motion of censure is voting against the pension reform," the signatories have warned.

The president of the group promoting the motion, Bertrand Pancher, has appealed in statements to the BFMTV channel to the "responsibility" of all deputies to "preserve democracy."

For the motion of censure to go ahead, it is necessary for 287 deputies to second it -- it would be 289 under normal conditions, but there are two vacant seats--. The threshold seems distant but not unattainable, although it would be necessary for a large majority of members of Los Republicanos, the most traditional center-right party, to finish breaking definitively with the Government.

If the motion is successful, it would mean the fall of the current Executive and Macron would then have to appoint a new team, without hindrance. In fact, he would have it in his power to reappoint Elisabeth Borne as prime minister, although the image of the leader has been damaged by all these weeks of parliamentary battles and protests in the streets.

French law does not oblige Macron to dissolve the National Assembly and, therefore, call new elections, something that some of the main opposition voices have been demanding in recent months.