French government makes a controversial pension reform
Emmanuel Macron's management carried out a controversial pension reform, which was not well received by the population
The French government led by Emmanuel Macron used a controversial procedure to implement its unpopular pension reform without a vote by deputies.
Macron proposed delaying the retirement age from 62 to 64 by 2030 and bringing forward to 2027 the requirement to contribute 43 years (instead of the current 42) to collect a full pension. However, two out of three French people are opposed to the reform, according to polls.
Despite the approval of the Senate, the government struggled to convince a handful of pro-government deputies and about twenty from their right-wing ally, The Republicans, who are still reticent. Fearing a setback in the National Assembly, the government has chosen to activate article 49.3, although this may intensify social protests.
More than 1,500 demonstrators went to the Assembly headquarters after the announcement of the mechanism, led by student organizations and chanting “Hey Manu Manu, 49.3 or not, we don’t want your reform!”
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