The government called on Thursday for the decision of the Constitutional Council on pension reform to be "respected by all", ensuring that it wanted "appeasement" after the crisis which shook the country.
Asked about possible demonstrations on Friday evening after this highly anticipated decision, government spokesman Olivier Véran said he respected "movements that can be expressed".
"We hope that they can be done calmly" and "we condemn all forms of violence", he told the press after the Council of Ministers at the Elysée Palace, while the Paris police prefect must take an order to prohibit from Thursday evening any demonstration near the Constitutional Council.
“Obviously, we do not want there to be violent expression or any pressure whatsoever that could weigh on this or that institution of the Republic. And therefore the Constitutional Council is entitled to serenity in the debates and has the right to have the decision rendered, whatever it is, respected by all," he insisted.
The Elders must decide on the constitutionality of the flagship reform of Emmanuel Macron, who is awaiting this decision in an attempt to relaunch a second five-year period that has not started well.
With this verdict, "we will have gone to the end of what is called this democratic path", estimated Olivier Véran, explaining that the law, if it is validated, will then be "promulgated" by the president.
"We are obviously looking for appeasement," he added. The Head of State "made it known that he was willing and ready to discuss with the trade union forces" to "discuss, to discuss in a peaceful atmosphere what remains to be done to reform our country and in particular in terms of work, employment, good employment, quality of life at work", he underlined.
04/13/2023 23:42:19 - Paris (AFP) - © 2023 AFP