Macron Again Attempts to Reform French Pensions

Posted on 01/04/2023

In a New Year’s Eve televised speech on December 31, 2022, France President Emmanuel Macron informed the public that in 2023 there will be one of much-delayed pension reform. Macron came into power in 2017 and one of his goals was to reform France’s complex and expensive pension system. Just before the COVID-19 pandemic, Macron’s initial proposals were met with weeks of protests and strikes from transportation workers. Macron wants to raise the age of retirement from its current level at 62 years. Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne told FranceInfo Radio that the age of 65 is “not set in stone.” Leaders from France’s largest trade unions, the French Democratic Confederation of Labour (CFDT) and the French Confederation of Management – General Confederation of Executives (CFE-CGC) expressed opposition to the French government’s plan for pension reform.

Macron won a second presidential mandate in April 2022. He did lose an outright majority in parliament in June 2022.

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