Protest breaks out over Macrons new pension reform bill

Police and protesters have clashed in Paris after the French government
forced through pension reforms without a vote in parliament.

Crowds converged on Place de la Concorde in response to raising the
retirement age from sixty-two to sixty-four.

Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne invoked article 49:3 of the constitution,
allowing government to avoid a vote in the Assembly.

A decision taken minutes before Members of Parliaments have been
scheduled to vote on the controversial bill, because there was no guarantee
of winning a majority.

Meanwhile, far-right opposition leader Marine Le Pen has suggested that a
no-confidence motion will be filed against President Emmanuel Macron's