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French PM offers to meet opposition and unions amid pension crisis

Protests against the reform that will raise the retirement age by two years, which was passed without a final vote, turned violent.

It has been ruled out by President Emmanuel Macron. After the bill failed to get enough votes, he assigned his prime minister the task of finding new support within parliament.

Borne will meet leaders of political parties. Her office also stated that Borne wants to restart the dialogue between unions on labour issues. She did not mention the pension bill.

Interview with AFP: The Prime Minister stated that meetings with opposition leaders and leaders of unions would take place in the week starting April 3.


AFP reported that she also pledged not to use her constitutional authority to adopt legislation without a second ballot, except for budget bills.

It is unclear if the government will succeed in calming the majority of those who oppose the reform by trying to alleviate the pension crisis and placate protestors who were frustrated at the absence of a final vote.

Unions today declared that the 10th day of nationwide protests against pension laws will be held after the violent clashes last Thursday (23/03/).


Laurent Berger, head of the CFDT union, suggested last week that Macron halt the law’s implementation for six more months to reach a compromise.

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