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CNBC: Macron enrages France by forcing through pension bill with no vote. But few think he’ll be forced out 

* Unions and lawmakers slammed French President Emmanuel Macron’s use of special constitutional powers to pass a controversial pension bill. 

 * The government will face a no confidence vote next week. 

 * Analysts said they expected the vote to fail, putting the bill into law. 

 * But anger from opposition parties and the public will remain. 

* Macron may emerge weakened despite passing changes he has pushed for since he was first elected in 2017. 

A coalition of French lawmakers on Friday filed a no confidence motion against President Emmanuel Macron following chaotic scenes in the country’s lower house of parliament the day before. 

Despite frantic last-minute negotiations and number-crunching, Macron calculated he did not have enough votes in the National Assembly to pass his controversial and long-standing plan to raise the retirement age. 

So he resorted to the back-up plan that many — including within his party — opposed; using a special constitutional power to force it through without a parliamentary majority.  

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WNU Editor: The video below explains why protests are happening now in France.

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Widespread Protests In France After Macron Passes Pension Reforms  

Violent protests in France over Macron’s retirement age push — AP

France: Pension protests, no-confidence motions after decree — DW 

French anger spreads after Macron forces pension age rise — The Guardian

Hundreds detained in fiery protests after French government forces through higher retirement age — CNN

Bitter pension battle turns to democratic crisis as Macron bypasses French parliament — France 24 

France Burns After Macron Skips Parliament Vote To Ram Through Hated Pension Reform — Zero Hedge