Macron pushes pension reform without a vote as opposition grows

Labor unions and workers in France are showing fierce opposition to President Emmanuel Macron, who has pushed through a pension reform bill without a parliamentary vote. The president does not have a majority in parliament.

The bill was adopted on Thursday at the National Assembly through the executive privilege of government.

The reform plan, which is part of the government's fiscal rebuilding efforts, includes raising the retirement age from 62 to 64.

The opposition submitted a no-confidence motion against the cabinet of Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne on Friday.

Voting on the no-confidence motion is likely to take place next week. If she loses, the pension reform plan will be scrapped.

Protesters clashed with police in central Paris.

Garbage collectors in the capital have been on strike for almost two weeks. The city hall says that around 9,400 tons of garbage have piled up.

A 62-year-old resident said it is no longer a social issue but a health issue with so much garbage uncollected in the city.

Macron and his government are likely to face stronger headwinds as unions plan more large-scale protests.