Pension reform: the “brutal measure” that worries


This was, without a doubt, one of the major questions of the previous presidential election. Pension reform, which was already one of the challenges of the previous five-year term, still appears today as one of the most worrying subjects. If it has been more discreet in recent weeks, in particular to the benefit of the energy crisis, inflation or the revaluation of pensions, it is clear that it has not been forgotten by the head of the State nonetheless. To the chagrin of some, among its relative majority, let Le Parisien know, who would prefer to see the reform finally buried.

Nothing surprising in itself: Emmanuel Macron intends to push back the legal retirement age… so as to gradually bring it back from 62 to 65 years old. Such a measure, essentially unpopular, could be difficult to bring before the French and the French. All the more so when the unions openly say they fear a “brutal measure” and that the president is increasingly considering a forced passage, already mentioned in our columns.

One of the options visibly chosen by the president, continues the Ile-de-France daily, consists of going through the PLFSS, the Social Security financing bill for 2023. Such an option, however, would prove to be rather irrelevant, explained recently the political scientist Raul Magni-Berton in our columns.

“To carry out his reform, Emmanuel Macron has three options: either he knew how to have the blank check of Parliament, which is not the case today, or he wins a referendum, or he opts for the 49-3”, begins the teacher-researcher, who continues not without detailing the risks of this last option: “It’s all or nothing. If that does not work, the opposition could very easily bring down the government and the executive could, in return, decide to dissolve the National Assembly. Everyone potentially loses, even if the situation generally favors opposition”.