The French administration barely avoids the first vote of no confidence.March 20, 2023
French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne's government narrowly survived the first of two no-confidence motions over its decision to bypass parliament and impose a controversial pension reform. The 577-seat National Assembly lower house rejected the motion by just nine votes, with 278 votes in favour of ousting the government. The failed motion was brought by the centrist Liot coalition and backed by the left-wing opposition. Lawmakers then began voting on a second no-confidence motion brought by the far-right National Rally (RN). Results were expected imminently.
The government was dependent on members of the right-wing opposition The Republicans not voting for the first motion in order to survive. Left-wing MPs after the results were announced chanted "resign! resign!" at Borne and brandished signs denouncing the pensions reform.