The coming year will be one of much-delayed pension reform, President Emmanuel Macron told the French in a New Year’s Eve speech on Saturday.
Reforming France’s costly and complicated pension system was a key plank of Macron’s election platform when he came to power in 2017.
But his initial proposals provoked weeks of protests and transport strikes just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Macron put the initiative on hold as he ordered France into lockdown in early 2020.
Macron has long made it clear he wants to raise the retirement age – but this has already met fierce resistance from unions and, according to polls, is deeply unpopular with the public.
Publication Date: 31 Dec 2022
Publication Site: Reuters