France is postponing the retirement age from 62 to 64 as part of a controversial pension reform

France has unveiled plans to gradually increase the retirement age from 62 to 64.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne introduced pension reform, in a key campaign promise to President Macron. Forty-three years of contributions are still necessary for a full pension. But the government wants to speed up the pace by delaying retirement by a quarter a year.

Outcome: You will have to have contributed 43 years from 2027 instead of 2035.

Born explained that the reform is necessary to ensure the survival of the system and will be implemented gradually until completion in 2030.

The trade unions are angry. They call the project “social regression” and “unfair reform”, especially for those who started early and the most vulnerable.

They completely reject the project and have been waiting for this announcement for months.

They announced a day of strikes and demonstrations on 19 January. The unions assert that the mobilization will be the beginning of a series of measures to make the government surrender.

However, President Macron has the support of employers and the sympathy of conservative forces.

And everything points to an “explosive” social winter in France.

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