Paris. The government of Emmanuel Macron approved yesterday its reform to the pension system, against which more than a million people demonstrated last Thursday. Despite the majority rejection of public opinion, the government reiterated its commitment to delay the retirement age from 62 to 64 by 2030 and bring forward to 2027 the increase in the years of contribution necessary to collect a full pension (from 42 to 43). .
The age measures that we adopt will allow us to balance the pension system in 2030defended the Minister of Labor, Olivier Dussopt, at a press conference, although he acknowledged a
disagreement on these points with the unions; eight of these oppose the reform and called for a new day of protests for January 31.
For Dussopt, giving up raising the minimum retirement age would mean reversing attempts to rebalance the system and also giving up guaranteeing pensions for future generations, according to statements cited by Le Figaro. In addition, Dussopt emphasized that the measure supposes
€18 billion in savings by 2030.
For her part, French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne announced that the pension reform will be submitted to Parliament as part of an amended social security financing bill.
The French government opted for this controversial tool that allows limiting the duration of debates in Parliament, or even approving the reform by ordinance after 50 days due to lack of adoption. The Executive could also use article 49.3 of the Constitution.
The plenary session of the National Assembly (Lower House) will begin debating the bill from February 6, before it reaches the Senate (Upper House). The left-wing parties and the far-right opposition have already announced that they will vote against it.