Emmanuel Macron’s decision to implement a pension reform in France has been seen as a hollow triumph by many critics. The reforms were passed over mass protests, with some estimates suggesting that over one million people took to the streets in opposition. Macron’s strategy of pushing through the reforms despite the opposition has been seen as a demonstration of his power, but it also runs the risk of inciting resentment and further protests. Many of those who opposed the reforms have accused Macron of failing to take into account the concerns of workers, while others have pointed to the perceived lack of public consultation and debate. Macron’s decision to push through the reforms may ultimately be seen as a hollow victory, as it could lead to further political instability and unrest in France.