French President Emmanuel Macron (pictured), will continue to reform France’s complex pension system. According to a source, his government will draft legislation by Christmas, according to a dinner in which Macron briefed members of the ruling party.
Sources say that the government will continue to consult with trade unions and other political parties while it drafts the bill. The reform was to be voted on in January 2023 and would go into effect in July.
Elysee spokesperson did not respond to our request for comment. Macron told the ruling party parliamentarians his intentions at a Wednesday dinner on 28 September.
Macron’s platform for election included reforming France’s expensive and complicated pension system. His initial proposals angered unions, prompting weeks of protests right before the pandemic. Macron put the matter on hold and directed France to secure 2020.
Faced with rising inflation and Europe’s worst living cost crisis in decades, Macron’s political foes and trade unions remain strong enemies.
His party, which no longer has a majority in parliament, is also divided on the issue.
On Thursday, 29 September, a multi-sector strike was held by several trade unions. This will be a test of the unions’ abilities and a gauge for social unrest.
Macron spoke repeatedly in favor of making French workers harder and raising retirement age to 62.
The “49.3” clause could theoretically be used by the government to block reforms in parliament. This French constitutional mechanism allows a government to pass legislation without regard to whether it has a majority or not in Parliament.
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