Macron refuses to give way as pension protests escalate
French President, Emmanuel Macron has given a defiant defence of his decision to force through a rise in the pension age, in the face of protests across France and two no-confidence votes.
President Macron was quoted as saying that the reform is not a luxury nor a pleasure but a necessity.
Reports say, protesters have been emboldened by the government’s use of constitutional power to ram through reforms without a vote in the National Assembly.
According to reports, the protests have also cast a cloud over King Charles’s imminent visit to France.