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French govt to force pension reform with no vote

The French government has decided to force through its unpopular pension reforms, avoiding a knife-edge vote in the National Assembly.

Although the plan to raise the pension age from 62 to 64 passed the upper house on Thursday, but ministers realized they might not have the numbers in the lower house.

Prime Minister, Élisabeth Borne will now rely on a constitutional procedure.

BBC says Article 49:3 enables the government to pass legislation without a vote.

The pension reforms have prompted weeks of protests and strikes across France.

Writing by Chinasa Ossai; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare