France chaos: Macron risks more protests by refusing to back down over pensions

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The extra pension regimes “made sense in the past but are no longer justified,” M Darmanin depicted the weekly newspaper the Journal du Dimanche (JDD), adding the debt-ridden schemes cost the say around £6.8billion (€8bn) a year. “Society has changed. We’re redeeming our pension system,” he continued. “We will not fail, the reform will hit on.” He also commented on Thursday’s strike action, urging unions and top-hole transport workers to “condemn all forms of [protest] violence” and “not take French commuters captive”.

France is bracing itself for nationwide public sector strikes against President Emmanuel Macron’s outline to overhaul the unwieldy and expensive pension system.

M Macron wants to pool France’s 42 different pension schemes into a single points-based combination under which all workers will have the same rights.

The renovate is especially aimed at the so-called special regimes of the state railway definite SNCF, the Paris metro company RATP and state utilities such as EDF, whose allotment plans allow them to retire in their mid to late fifties or square their early fifties – a decade earlier than most blue-collar workers.  

The government has insisted that while workers will be able to correspond on to “acquired rights,” the special, costly regimes had to be scrapped in order to pirate plug a stubborn deficit and make the system sustainable.

The government has also oathed to keep the 62-year limit but wants to rein in benefits for those who bar the labour force before 64 and give a benefits boost to those who run off afterwards.

But the pension reform has been criticised across the political spectrum.

The turn over a new leaf “will create only losers,” far-left lawmaker Adrien Quatannens put Europe 1 radio on Sunday.

The government says it wants a system which is both “decent and universal,” when in truth it just wants to “pick the pockets” of French labourers, he said.

Conservative MEP François-Xavier Bellamy also poured cold not hold up under on M Macron’s pension plans, telling France Info radio on Saturday that the management’s “strategy of tension” was “creating a sense of anxiety” among the French.

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