Emmanuel Macron has ” wish », Sunday January 22, that the government and the Parliament can “arrange” its disputed pension reform, while deeming it necessary “to move forward”on the eve of its presentation to the Council of Ministers.
After a “social time” consultation with the unions, “there is now a political time opening up in the Assembly and it must be respected. And, therefore, I hope that the government with the parliamentarians in the National Assembly and then in the Senate can work on the text and adjust it”declared the Head of State, during a press conference with the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, received in Paris.
“There has already been an opening”
Asked to say if he intended to maintain at all costs the postponement of the legal age of departure from 62 to 64, despite strong social mobilization against his project, he refused to answer. “I will not replace myself or the government, which will propose” a “project at 64 on Monday at the Council of Ministers”nor in the parliamentary debate ” following “explained the president. “But we know more or less, and even exactly, what our needs are. They are known “he insisted.
Believing that it had obtained through the ballot box a “mandate” to push back the legal retirement age “at age 65 by 2031”, he recalled that the project had been ” Finished “ following consultations with the social partners and political parties. “There has already been an opening, a change. But I believe that, now, we must be able to move forward and commit, and that the government can do its job with Parliament, with serenity, the will to convince and to move the country forward.he pleaded.
While defending the right to strike and demonstrate, the Head of State wanted there to be “the least possible nuisance for all our compatriots”.