Pension reform: why your contributions could soon increase

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The week promises to be crucial for pension reform. The government’s project, widely decried, is entering its final phase of consultations, this time around the thorny question of the age of departure. The assumed will of the executive: to reduce it, from 62 years old currently, to 65 years old. An essential measure, thunder the ministers of Emmanuel Macron, to preserve the balance of the system in the long term.

But a measure strongly criticized by the unions. For Laurent Berger of the CFDT, “There is no need to take it”, explained the union leader on RTL Monday, November 28. He even warned of the risk of a new social movement:

Among the government’s arguments to “pass” the reform, the lengthening of life expectancy keeps coming back, which would therefore allow, since we live longer, to work longer.

But in fact, this hope is much shorter among the most modest people, underlines Le Monde. “It was, for example, 15.8 years for the 5% of men with the lowest standard of living and 21.8 years for the most advantaged 5%, over the period 2012-2016” advances the log.

The reform, which could be adopted as early as January and implemented in the summer of 2023, should therefore create big losers.

Especially since the bill also risks costing, literally, many taxpayers. In question: as in 2010, with the decline to 62 years, the reform risks having anti-redistributive effects, and accelerating inequalities. It should also increase pension contributions, paid by millions of French people. Discover in our slideshow how, and what you will really pay more to leave later.