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Macron’s credibility on the line amid protests over pension changes

President’s centrist group is without a majority as parliament begins debating proposal to raise retirement age to 64

As hundreds of thousands of people prepare to protest again this week against Emmanuel Macron’s unpopular plan to raise the pension age to 64, the French president’s domestic standing is at stake.

Macron, who came to power in 2017 promising a pro-business transformation of France to cut taxes and overhaul the social model and welfare system, has for months been under pressure to give some impetus to his second term in office.

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