President Emmanuel Macron, shy of support in Parliament for his contentious proposal to raise the retirement age, used a constitutional measure to enact the bill without putting it to a vote in the powerful National Assembly.
President Emmanuel Macron pushed through legislation to raise the retirement age for most workers to 64 from 62 without a vote of lawmakers in the National Assembly on Thursday, a decision that inflamed an already tense confrontation over the measure in France and set the stage for a no-confidence vote against his government.
Mr. Macron’s decision prompted raucous protests inside the assembly chamber, where opposition lawmakers sang the French national anthem and banged on their desks. On the streets protesters pledged to continue their fight against Mr. Macron’s proposal.
The upper house of Parliament, the Senate, approved the bill on Thursday morning. But in the National Assembly, the lower and more powerful house, Mr. Macron’s party and its allies hold only a slim majority, and did not have enough votes to pass the bill.