Paris, 20 January. Emmanuel Macron’s government is set to revise two elements that form the pivot of its pension reform, delaying the minimum retirement age from 62 to 64, and speeding up the transition as a full contribution period to 43, and it Despite the massive union mobilization on Thursday.
Economy and Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire, attempted to divert parliament’s attention from strikes and demonstrations this Friday, which according to the police brought 1.1 million people to the streets, and according to the Union Confederation Generale Labor (CGT), two over million.
In an interview with the BFM business channel, Le Maire said that “now comes the time for parliament”, that “there can be discussions” to “improve” the project and that “the only limit is the financial balance in 2030”.
When asked whether this financial balance can be achieved by eliminating 64 years as contribution period or delaying retirement of 43 years to get full pension, he replied that “they are essential pillars” and ” Those who provide the remaining financial guarantees”.
The main argument for starting the reform is the deficit that is likely to remain unchanged in the pension system, and which will be between 10,000 and 15,000 million euros per year over the 2030 horizon.
The minister recalled that Macron announced in the spring presidential elections that he would reform pensions, raising the minimum retirement age to 65, and won.
Also he later addressed concerns expressed about those 65 years and the final project remains at 64 years.
He reiterated that “Parliament should be given the possibility to reform the text”.
From Barcelona, where he was attending a Franco-Spanish summit, Macron also insisted that his reform was “presented in a democratic way” and that there would be a debate in parliament “that would allow all parties to express themselves”. will allow.”
Although it does not have an absolute majority in the National Assembly, the formation of the President of the Republic is expected to also vote on its text, which will be adopted next Monday in the Council of Ministers before starting the parliamentary process next week. , formed deputies of the conservative Republicans.
The finance minister, Gabriel Attal, admitted in another interview with France Inter Station this Friday that yesterday was “an important mobilization and a responsible mobilization” and that in this context the government has the responsibility to “convince the protesters”.
“It is never too late – Atal indicated – to talk, (…) to try to move forward together.”
He noted that “there are issues on which progress can be continued” and specifically cited tools so that people who started working at a young age and covered the full contribution period, They can retire early (before the age of 64).
The unions, which are united against the reform, met this Thursday after receiving figures of participation in their call for strikes and demonstrations and decided to start a new day of mobilization on January 31.