Keyword: pension refrom

Move to force through pension reform set to deal big blow to Macron presidency

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A protest against President Macron's pension reforms at Rennes in west France on December 10th 2019. © AFP A protest against President Macron's pension reforms at Rennes in west France on December 10th 2019. © AFP

On Saturday February 29th, during an emergency meeting of ministers called to discuss the Coronavirus crisis, the French government took the decision to force its bitterly-opposed pension reforms through Parliament without a vote. In adopting the “nuclear option” of invoking Article 49-3 of the French Constitution to do this, President Emmanuel Macron is hoping that public debate will now shift to other issues. But as Ellen Salvi writes, the move is likely to plunge the remaining two years of his presidency into greater political uncertainty and even undermine his chances of re-election in 2022.

Poverty forcing French pensioners to go back to work

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The number of retired people in France taking up jobs after they have supposedly ended their working lives has doubled in recent years. At least half of them go back to work because they cannot live on their meagre pensions. Rachida El Azzouzi travelled to one French city to meet the pensioners who fear that they may go 'straight from the toolbox to a wooden box in the cemetery'.