French politicians receive GUILLOTINE death threats as Macron faces vote of no confidence TODAY over pension reforms that have triggered violent protests
- MPs received death threats evoking guillotining used in the French Revolution
- It comes as Macron faces a no confidence vote today over his pension reforms
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French politicians have been threatened with the guillotine if they support President Emmanuel Macron’s Government in a parliamentary no-confidence vote today.
Police said hundreds of macabre messages had been sent to MPs preparing for the crucial vote in the National Assembly in Paris.
It comes after Mr Macron’s decision to push up the retirement age from 62 to 64 through bypassing parliament caused widespread violent protests across France.
Agnes Evren MP and vice-president of the Republicans party said she was ‘receiving death threats’ which evoked the guillotining of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette during the ‘Terror’ which followed the French Revolution in 1789.
She tweeted: ‘These extremist refuse debate – they have no respect for their political adversaries and are openly inspired by the Terror.’
It comes after Mr Macron’s decision to push up the the retirement age from 62 to 64 through bypassing parliament caused widespread violent protests across France
A French police officer in riot gear stands next to a fire during a demonstration in Bordeaux, southwestern France, on March 18, 2023
‘Do not underestimate the danger any longer. Every threat of this type will now be the subject of a complaint.’
Republicans party Frederique Meunier added: ‘It’s as if they want to decapitate us.’
Guillaume Gouffier Valente, an MP with Mr Macron’s Renaissance Party, saw a hangman’s sign scrawled outside his office in Vincennes, east of Paris.
Renaissance MP Brigitte Klinkert also reported graffiti outside her office reading: ‘You vote against us, we will remember.’
There was a fourth night of violence across France on Sunday following Mr Macron’s decision to bypass parliament last Thursday.
Protesters roamed through the streets of major cities including Paris, burning effigies of the President and senior ministers before police responded with teargas and baton charges.
Two no-confidence motions will be voted on today and they will require an unprecedented coalition of parties from Left and Right if they are to succeed.
Mr Macron’s embattled Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne faces losing her job if the government loses.
But Bruno Le Maire, the finance minister, said: ‘There will be no majority to bring the government down, but it will be a moment of truth.’
Republicans leader Eric Ciotti, who saw his campaign headquarters in Nice attacked at the weekend, has ordered his MPs not to vote against the government, saying it ‘will lead to chaos.’
He added: ‘We must never yield to the new disciples of the Terror.’
A French Gendarme kicks a street fire during a demonstration in Paris, on March 18, 2023
Pedestrians react as they walk past a fire made of household waste containers during a demonstration in Bordeaux, southwestern France, on March 18, 2023
French CRS riot police secure an area near rubbish bins on fire during a demonstration to protest the use by French government of the article 49.3, a special clause in the French Constitution, to push the pensions reform bill through the National Assembly without a vote by lawmakers, in Paris on March 18, 2023