pension reform

French parliament debates pension reform as new strike looms

France — Link

At the start of the parliamentary debate, labour minister Olivier Dussopt struggled to make himself heard above loud booing and shouting.

Why the French government must drop its brutal and unfair pension reforms

Politique — Opinion

The pension changes proposed by President Emmanuel Macron – the fourth reform in twenty years and which in this case will push the retirement age back from 62 to 64 - will leave no one better off. The demonstrators who have taken to the streets on January 19th and January 31st have fully grasped that point, say Mediapart's Stéphane Alliès, Carine Fouteau and Dan Israel in this op-ed article. They argue that the stubbornness shown by the government, which looks set to force the reforms through the French Parliament, represents a danger to democracy.

French Left takes united stance against Macron's pension reform plans


On January 10th, Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne formally unveiled President Emmanuel Macron's plans to reform the pension system, the key plank of which is to raise the legal age of retirement in France from 62 to 64 by 2030. Almost immediately trade unions announced a day of strikes and protest on January 19th. Meanwhile prominent figures on the French Left attended a political meeting arranged by independent media Reporterre and 'Fakir', to demonstrate their anger towards the reforms. As Mathieu Dejean reports, the need for unity was a theme of the evening, with calls for the Left to remain united against the proposals – and on other issues – heavily applauded by the audience.

France to raise retirement age to 64 by 2030 in controversial reform

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Long-delayed pension overhaul pushes the retirement age to 64, a move opposed by four in every five citizens according to an Odoxa poll, at a time when many are already struggling with a cost-of-living crisis.

Macron presses ahead with pension reform as discontent grows

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Prime minister Élisabeth Borne is to detail on Tuesday plans to make the French work longer, most likely by raising the retirement age to 64 or 65 from 62 currently.

Macron says 2023 will be the year of pension reform in France

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Reforming France's costly and complicated pension system was a key plank of Macron's election platform when he came to power in 2017.

French government prepares high-stakes pension reform

France — Link

President Emmanuel Macron has made clear the French will have to work longer, with the legal retirement age potentially pushed by as much as three years to 65.

Marches held across France for pay rises and against pension reform

France — Link

A nationwide day of action called by one of France's major cross-trades unions, the CGT, in support of pay rises and against President Emmanuel Macron's announced plan to raise the retirement age on full benefits from 62 to 65, drew a turnout of 250,000 marchers according to organisers, and around half of that total according to the interior ministry.

Macron hints at softening pension reform plan as final vote looms

France — Link

Emmanuel Macron, seeking re-election in a final round of presidential elections in less than two weeks, has said he is ready to compromise his pledged agenda for raising the age of retirement on full pension rights to 65, a reform he put on hold in face of strong opposition during his five-year presidency.

France hit by fourth mass protest over pensions

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Meanwhile ministers inched towards a deal with one labour union to try to end some of the longest public sector strikes in the country’s postwar history.

Longest strike in decades in France stuck in pension reform deadlock

France — Link

France's transport strike against pension reform has entered its 29th day, making it the longest rail workers' strike since May 1968.

Macron vows to ‘fully carry out’ pension reform in end of year speech

France — Link

In the traditional presidential end-of-year TV address to the public, Macron said he hoped for a 'quick compromise' with union leaders demanding he abandon the plan.

French union calls for Christmas break in transport strike

France — Link

The CFDT union is opposed to transport strikes over Christmas period but will call for new actions in January if the government does not drop a key pension reform proposal.

French parliament squeezes through pension reform

France — Link

A reform intended to bolster the finances of France's indebted pension system has been passed by 270 votes in favour and 249 against.

French unions march in protests against pension reform

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Hardline unions denounce changes they say will penalize workers and make youths pay an unfair share of the burden.