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Pensions: Emmanuel Macron favors postponing the retirement age to 65


Posted 8 Dec. 2022 at 12:28Updated 8 Dec. 2022 at 12:56

The last in this format took place at the end of September. With the main course, already, the pension reform. And the political discussions had resulted in ruling out a passage in force in the Assembly and in launching consultations. This Wednesday evening at the Elysée once again took place political feasts around Emmanuel Macron, the head of government, his heavyweights and those of the majority to talk about this delicate file. The Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, should in principle reveal next week, probably Thursday, the content of the reform.

At the same time, consultations with the unions and employers are continuing both at the Ministry of Labor, but also at Matignon. This Thursday, Elisabeth Borne receives in turn Philippe Martinez (CGT), Laurent Berger (CFDT), François Hommeril (CFE-CGC) and Cyril Chabanier (CFTC).

Debate time in Parliament very supervised

With this dinner, it was also and above all a question of tuning the violins and trying to get everyone on board. If at the end of September, the track of the reform in an amending Social Security financing bill (PLFSSR) had been put on hold to both focus on the substance of the reform and launch consultations with the social partners, she holds the rope again according to several participants.

One of them even assures that it would not necessarily be necessary to have, in addition to a PLFSSR, another bill to integrate elements of hardship, long careers, etc. Advantage of the maneuver? First, the time for debate for a PLFSSR is very limited, which avoids seeing the text get bogged down and giving fuel to possible demonstrations for a long time. And if the government is ultimately forced to go through 49.3 for its reform, it can do so on a financial text without losing its possibility of using 49.3 on another, non-financial, text of the parliamentary session.

65 years to debate

For the rest, “we will start with a decline in the starting age to 65 years. We are continuing to negotiate with the politicians and the unions to see what they offer and if we have to land on the mix, we will see, ”assures a participant at the dinner. “The Head of State wants to leave at 65, but I don’t feel he is closed if everyone takes a step,” said a minister.

“What has been said from the start is 65 years. It would surprise me very much that next week, the starting point is not the 65 years, “abounds a government source. “Afterwards, we can’t have a consensual landing point if we don’t have partners to play with, we’ll see if there are any moves by the unions or the politicians by December 15”, advances a majority framework. The latter hopes for a gesture on the side of the CFDT. Which seems very unlikely in the current context.

Eyes are turning rather to the side of LR parliamentarians since their senators, each year, vote for an amendment to the PLFSS with the decline in the legal retirement age to 64 and an acceleration of the Touraine reform. “It is the interest of the parliamentary debate, underlines an adviser. The exit point will not necessarily be the entry point. »

Before the announcements next weekend, Elisabeth Borne will still receive each parliamentary group president on December 13 and 14.