However, he will continue to defend the pension reform because it is "in the public interest". Macron also highlighted that most European countries have already voted for a higher retirement age. The President announced that MPs will in future debate shorter and simpler bills. For example, the planned immigration law will be divided into several individual legal texts.
Among other things, the reform provides for raising the retirement age from 62 to 64 years. Macron had resorted to the much-criticized article 49.3 of the constitution to enforce the reform law. This allows a law to be passed without a final parliamentary vote if the government survives a subsequent vote of no confidence. On Monday, the government narrowly escaped being overthrown in such a vote.