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Macron’s pension reforms pass French senate vote

Protests continue but may be petering out against policy centred on raising age of eligibility from 62 to 64 years

France’s senate has voted to approve a deeply unpopular reform to pensions, hours after demonstrators took to the streets again to oppose the cornerstone policy of Emmanuel Macron’s second presidential term.

Senators passed the reforms by 195 votes to 112, bringing the package another step closer to becoming law. A committee will hammer out a final draft, to be submitted to the senate and national assembly for a final vote.

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