The French government has said raising the minimum retirement age is non-negotiable

Young people carry a banner reading “Don’t retire at 64” during a protest in Paris (Reuters).

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Bourne emphasized Delay in minimum retirement age And this Increase the contribution period to 43 years Despite discontent and social opposition, getting a full pension is already a non-negotiable.

“It isn’t No more bargaining”, Bourne responded firmly in an interview published this Sunday by France News, because “it is necessary to ensure the balance of the system”.

In This Tuesday is the harbinger of a new day that unions have called for The prime minister remained firm on the main axes of the initiative, which will begin to be examined in the National Assembly from February 6 – the second after the strike and massive demonstrations on January 19.

Less than 24 hours before the first review of the text in the National Assembly next Monday, the Prime Minister confirmed that “this is the commitment we have proposed”.

"Don't retire at 64" (Reuters)
“Don’t retire at 64” (Reuters)

Bourne also insisted that the government had heard “many mistakes” and misinformation when faced with discontent and criticism of the reform. In particular, he rejected the fact that these changes would affect French women (who are more vulnerable to job disruptions) and said that “two-thirds” of pensioners who would benefit from the revaluation due to the increase in the minimum pension are precisely women. .

He also recalled 67 years cap To enjoy the full pension – regardless of years of contribution – it A parameter that the government does not intend to change.

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The reform promoted by Emmanuel Macron’s government considers the main axes It will increase from 62 to 64 in 2030 Minimum Retirement Age and Advancement to 2027 Contribution increased from 42 to 43 Can enjoy full retirement (now scheduled for 2035).

It proposes an end to special pension systems, which are more favorable than the public system and in many cases used by public sector companies such as state electricity company EDF.

French public opinion is largely against reform and that opinion has been reinforced in recent days. The Elabe demoscopic company released a new survey this week that found 72% of those questioned opposed it, up six points from a week ago.

(with information from EFE)

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