49.3, an appeal that divided the Fifth Republic

49.3, an appeal that divided the Fifth Republic

The Macron government could be tempted by the use of 49.3 to push through the pension reform. A strategy that has often sparked controversy.

49-3, an appeal that divided the Fifth Republic

Will 49.3 be used under Emmanuel Macron’s five-year term? This is a possibility that Prime Minister Édouard Philippe could consider. Faced with the 41,000 amendments tabled against the pension reform, he could decide to use this recourse to pass in force. He would notably imitate Édouard Balladur, also slowed down by too many amendments in his time.

A controversial but often used means

Each time, the use of 49.3 to pass a bill arouses outrage from the opposition. In 2006, during the debates concerning the reform of the CPE, François Hollande denounced this practice which he would use once President of the Republic. “The 49.3 is brutality. 49.3 is a denial of democracy. 49.3 is a way of slowing down or preventing parliamentary debate ”, he declared. Michel Rocard remains the Prime Minister who has used 49.3 the most with a total of 28 uses of this remedy.