Pensions: the return of an unpopular reform?

Pensions: the return of an unpopular reform?

Emmanuel Macron will he reform pensions before the end of his mandate? 53% of French people are in favor. But what reform? The President has already rejected the initially planned project, but it leaves the door open to other scenarios.

Pensions: the return of an unpopular reform?

Ten months from the first round, Emmanuel Macron must decide: will he relaunch the pension file? “It’s too early to answer you, in any case it will not be the same. And nothing is excluded ” he said yesterday, Thursday, June 3, during a trip.

The deficit continues to widen since the reform was put aside at the start of the epidemic. It was 23 billion last year. Several avenues are being considered to save money: abolish special schemes, increase the contribution period, or even lower the retirement age from 62 to 64 years. But these proposals do not satisfy the union Labor Force. “The priority is not the problem of pensions but that of employment” affirms Yves Veyrier, FO general secretary.

Reform without worrying

But the opinion is more nuanced. According to a survey, 53% of French people want the reform to be relaunched. “I prepared to leave later”, explains a worker. Emmanuel Macron must reform without worrying. “He tries to balance things out, reassure the business community and his right-wing electorate without provoking an outcry from the most hostile voters either”, explains Gaël Sliman, from the Odoxa institute.

Among our sources

Retirement guidance council: https://www.cor-retraites.fr/node/545 Les Echos (paid article): https://www.lesechos.fr/economie-france/social/reforme-des-retraites -les-multiples-scenarios-a-letude-1320759 Ifop poll for Le Journal du Dimanche: https://www.ifop.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/118223-R rapport.pdf Non-exhaustive list