The French Interior Minister, Gérald Darmanin, has asked the prefects this Friday to take extreme measures to ensure public order, protect official buildings and guarantee the physical integrity of parliamentarians and state representatives. This alert occurs before the outbreak of social anger that has led to the approval by decree, without a vote in the National Assembly, of the unpopular pension reform.
After a night of acts of violence and riots in several cities, this Friday there were again spontaneous demonstrations and roadblocks in Paris, Rennes, Bordeaux, Rouen, Brest and other cities. The capital’s peripheral highway has been temporarily cut at various points.
The unions call another national mobilization next Thursday
The unions plan to continue the mobilizations and strikes in key sectors such as refineries and railways. A new day of strike and protest marches at the national level are called for next Thursday.
The press is unanimous in considering that Macron’s decision to approve the pension reform using an emergency constitutional instrument, article 49.3, was very risky. According to You world, the president “has played with fire.” For Liberation, Macron is to blame for the worsening of the political and social conflict because “he has broken all the eggs he had in the fridge but he has not managed to make an omelette”, and he has placed himself in a situation of flagrant “helplessness”. le figaro It highlights on its cover that the government is “weakened and isolated.”
“Macron has broken all the eggs in the fridge without being able to make an omelette,” says ‘Libération’
Two motions of censure have been presented this afternoon in the National Assembly. One of them, by the centrist Charles de Courson, from the Liberties, Independents, Overseas and Territories (LIOT) group, will have a transversal nature. The extreme right and the radical left plan to vote for her, as well as some deputies from Los Republicanos (LR, traditional right). This attempt to overthrow the government is given little chance of success. However, many rumors are circulating about a possible reshuffle of the Executive and even the departure of the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, in the coming weeks. It would be an attempt by Macron to find a scapegoat and take the pressure off himself.
Given this tense environment and the obvious security risk they are running, several ministers have announced that they are canceling planned trips.
In addition to ordering more police surveillance, Darmanin took the decision to legally force Paris garbage collectors back to work to collect the more than 10,000 tons of waste accumulated by the strike. It is not easy, however, to implement the measure because the mayoress of Paris herself, the socialist Anne Hidalgo, is in solidarity with the strikers.