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Wednesday 18 September 2019


French PM to make announcement on pension reforms

Written by Natalie Tuck

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is expected to make an announcement on the calendar and method for the country’s pension reforms tomorrow, 12 September.

As reported by LCI, the plans have already caused several plans for strike action in the country, including one on Paris’ transport network this Friday before a nationwide strike planned for 24 September, organised by union CGT.

Philippe will present the government’s plans to the Economic, Social and Environmental Council at 11am (CEST) tomorrow, 12 September.

French President Macron wants to overhaul the current system and create a universal one where each euro contributed gives the same rights to all French citizens.

Speaking on France 2 on Monday 26 August, Macron said: “I prefer an agreement on the length of contributions rather than on age.”

He added: “If you have an agreement on the length, if you start later, you finish later, and when you start earlier you finish earlier."

Last month it was revealed that the French government plans to launch a consultation this autumn on plans to reform the country’s pension system.

The plans are proving to be controversial, with trade unions in particular, who are not happy about plans to increase the age at which citizens will be eligible for the full rate of pension from 62 to 64.

High Commissioner Jean-Paul Delevoye, who published a report in July on the reforms, also suggested introducing a universal system, which will operate on a points basis, to replace the current 42 regimes.

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