Mélenchon calls for a “popular” vote of no confidence against French government

21.03.2023, Paris.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, founder of the France Unbowed (LFI) calls to express a “popular” vote of no confidence against the French government through strikes and protests on March 20 in an interview with BFMTV.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon commented on the final adoption of the text of the pension reform law, which occurred after the parliament rejected two votes of no confidence against the government introduced on Monday, March 20. The LFI leader called for a “popular@ vote of no confidence.

“We will have to impose the methods of social democracy,” Jean-Luc Mélenchon pointed out. “The situation is getting worse every week, the people have to intervene. I, for my part, am not giving up,” he assured.

When asked about the behavior of the President of the Republic, Jean-Luc Mélenchon explained that Emmanuel Macron “had no idea what was going on in the country.” According to the politician, Emmanuel Macron was “playing with fire in a powder keg”.

“We cannot allow two years of our lives to be taken away from us with nine votes. We must revoke the bill through a strike, through a demonstration, through a rally, because we could not get it through votes in the National Assembly,” Mélenchon explained. Representatives of NUPES and the LFI appealed to the Constitutional Council.

On March 16, the French government decided to approve a bill that raised the retirement age by two years, which sparked public outrage by invoking Article 49(3) of the Constitution, that is, without resorting to a vote in Parliament.

On Monday in the lower house of the French Parliament, a vote of no confidence against the government took place twice. A resolution submitted by deputies from Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement Nationale party was voted for by 92 deputies. 278 deputies voted for the resolution of the group of independent deputies and representatives of overseas territories (LIOT), nine fewer than the required number.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency