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French Lawmakers File Rival Motions of No Confidence in Government Over Pension Reform

© REUTERS / Martin Bureau/PoolJean-Luc Melenchon of the French far left Parti de Gauche and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, reacts in the studios of France 2 television station during the special prime time political show, "15min to Convince" in Saint-Cloud, near Paris, France, April 20, 2017.
Jean-Luc Melenchon of the French far left Parti de Gauche and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, reacts in the studios of France 2 television station during the special prime time political show, 15min to Convince in Saint-Cloud, near Paris, France, April 20, 2017. - Sputnik International
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PARIS (Sputnik) - French lawmakers from the left and right of the spectrum filed motions of no confidence in the government after it pushed a controversial pension reform through the parliament on Saturday.
"We have just lodged our motion of public censure," Jean-Luc Melenchon, the leader of the leftist France Unbowed, said on Twitter, where he posted the photo of the document signed by 63 legislators.

​Another motion was filed by the right-wing Republicans of former President Nicolas Sarkozy, according to the French BFMTV channel.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe invoked a power granted to him by the constitution. It allows a French prime minister to push a bill through the parliament without a vote if deemed necessary. The reform was in for a long debate after the opposition proposed over 40,000 amendments.

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