BREAKING: French government survives no-confidence votes over pension reform

BREAKING: French government survives no-confidence votes over pension reform


The big event on Monday is in parliament, where the government faces a no-confidence vote over its use of Article 49.3 to push through the pension reform bill without consultation. MPs are due to vote later on Monday.

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Strikes continue on certain industries with 30 percent of flights cancelled in and out of Paris Orly airport and 20 percent cancelled at Marseille airport due to air traffic controllers’ strikes. The railways will also see significant disruption.

In Paris the Metro is running normal services, but several of the stations close to the parliament have been closed by order of the police, for security reasons.

The government has begun moves to force striking refuse collectors back to work, but expect to see a lot of garbage still piled up on the street (around 10,000 tonnes remained uncollected at the last count).

There is also the likelihood of more demos later in the day when the parliamentary vote gets underway.

Tuesday and Wednesday

Employees in certain industries have declared ‘rolling’ strikes, so disruption on railways is expected to continue through Tuesday and Wednesday, while the civil aviation authority has again ordered the cancelled of 20 percent of flights in and out of Paris Orly and Marseille airports on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Other airports should be unaffected by cancellations but there is the risk of knock-on disruption and delays.

There will probably still be quite a lot of garbage in Paris.


Thursday is scheduled as the next big one-day strike, with widespread disruption expected on public services including transport and in schools.

Previous one-day strikes have varied in their impact, but it’s likely that there will be reduced service on the railways and on city public transport including in Paris and more cancelled flights. Schools are also likely to see some closes classes as teachers walk out.

Transport operators will publish detailed strike timetables on Wednesday – you can find the latest information on services in our strike section HERE.

There are also plans for large, organised demonstrations in towns and cities around France – these will be marches with a planned route rather than the spontaneous gatherings which happened last week after news that the pension reform bill would be pushed through without a parliamentary vote.


Most strikers will go back to work on Friday, although some of the more militant unions may extend their rolling strike actions. Unions leaders will decide on Thursday evening whether to call fresh one-day strikes or take a different action, and their decision will largely be based on turnout on Thursday.


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