French government faces make-or-break vote after pensions uproar

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne faces two no-confidence votes in the National Assembly after pushing through a pension reform without a vote. While her allies have the most MPs, they lack an absolute majority, but observers doubt the opposition can muster enough votes to topple the government. The reforms have prompted spontaneous protests and strikes, with opposition parties saying it places an unfair burden on low earners, women and physically demanding jobs. While Macron is unlikely to change unpopular policies, a new prime minister or fresh elections are options to reset his image.