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THE PLANS FOR TOMORROW A VOTE IN THE SENATE STARTING AT 9 AM AND THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AT 3 PM.
AT 815 AM PRESIDENT MACRON WILL RECEIVE MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND LEADERS OF GROUPS IN THE ASSEMBLY TO CONTINUE TO PROMOTE THE PENSION REFORM BILL BEFORE THE FINAL VOTES.
Following tonight's meeting with his Prime Minister and other cabinet ministers it's being reported that President Macron issued a threat in the meeting to dissolve the National Assembly if it rejects his pension reform plan.
Mainstream media claiming tonight that Macron prefers not to force passage using Article 49.3.
THERE'S WORD LATE TONIGHT OF A BLOCKADE AT AN OIL DEPOT IN FRONTIGNAN NEAR MONTPELLIER...(BFM-TV)...RICARDO PARREIRA TWITTER (VIDEO EMBEDDED)...RICARDO PARREIRA TWITTER (SECOND VIDEO EMBEDDED)
Protest organizers say 1.7 million participated today the police say 480,000 demonstrated.
THE LEFT IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SAYS TOMORROW IT WILL ATTEMPT A MOTION OF REJECTION OF THE TEXT AGREED TO BY THE 14-MEMBER COMMITTEE.
TONIGHT PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON MEETING WITH HIS PRIME MINISTER ELISABETH BORNE AND OTHER CABINET MINISTERS REGARDING THE PENSION REFORM.
THE MEETING SAID TO BE ONE TO FACILITATE A MAJORITY VOTE FOR PENSION REFORM TOMORROW.
The CGT union says that 450,000 people protested in Paris today while the police claim 37,000.
THE LATEST WORD FROM FRANCE IS THAT THE GROUP OF 14 LAWMAKERS FROM BOTH THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND SENATE DOMINATED BY PRO-GOVERNMENT MEMBERS HAS AGREED TO THE FINAL WORDING ON PENSION REFORM THAT IS NOW SET TO BE VOTED ON IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY TOMORROW.
Some of the protest organizers warning against the use of Article 49.3 of the Constitution allowing passage of the pension reform without a vote in the National Assembly.
The government likely to invoke that if they can't find the 287 votes needed to pass it dozens of government deputies as well as those in the Les Republicains faction (61 seats) not committed one way or the other yet.
The government lacks a majority in the National Assembly and faces a solid group of opponents some 230 votes from both the "Left" and the National Rally.
Mainstream media in France spinning information from police intelligence saying that use of 49.3 is feared because it would:
the opposition to pension reform.
The protest in Toulouse the orange union flags of the 'CGT' prominent in the crowd...
Protest organizers say 12000 were on the streets in Nice today the police estimate only 3000.
PROTESTERS IN MARSEILLE 3/15/2023
PROTEST IN MARSEILLE FRANCE TODAY
The protests in France underway processions in the south of France including Nice with mainstream media trumpeting the "disruption" of bus services caused by the protest.
The mainstream media also emphasizing that the legislation on pension reform is advancing regardless of any protests as the 14-member committee meets.
National Rally Deputy Thomas Menage says the government is working to 'buy votes' in order to find a majority to pass the legislation.
(12 MIDNIGHT US TIME, 5AM FRENCH TIME)
The latest day of strikes and protests in France.
Half the trains will not be running today and there will be walkouts involving airport workers, teachers, oil refinery workers and other sectors.
Garbage collectors in many parts of Paris now on strike for nine days straight with garbage piling up and French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin pledging to intervene if local governments do not force workers back on the job...BBC NEWS STORY
Electricity workers have selectively cut electric service on occasion in recent days to the homes of politicians associated with the government.
The pension reform proposal of President Emmanuel Macron driving the strikes, demonstrations and other protest actions.
After last weekend's approval in the French Senate, a 14-member panel from both legislative houses in France meeting today to finalize the pension reform plan of President Macron.
The government moving the legislation quickly operating under a deadline of March 26th with a key vote possible as early as tomorrow in the National Assembly on a final version of the plan that raises France's retirement age from 62 to 64. It also shuffles the pension benefits the French are accustomed to.
On Tuesday French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne expressed confidence that a legislative majority exists for pension reform in the National Assembly but that was far from certain. Dozens of members in the government's ranks and the pivotal ranks of Les Republicains not committing to supporting the legislation yet.
287 votes needed to get a majority.
That 'nuclear option' lurks in the background Article 49.3 of the French Constitution allowing a president to pass legislation without a legislative vote.
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