Macron chooses the nuclear option because Mr. President is not entirely sure that he has a majority.”

Protests against French President Emmanuel Macron’s decision to push a bill to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 through Parliament without a vote disrupted traffic, garbage collection and university campuses in Paris as opponents of the change maintained their determination to force the government to back down. To learn more about Macron’s calculated risk, which has infuriated many citizens, opposition lawmakers and trade unions, FRANCE 24 was joined by Raquel Garrido, a French MP (France Unbowed).