France’s opposition lashes out at Macron’s ‘catastrophic’ pension plan as pressure rises


President Macron’s sway has changed the retirement age (Image: Getty)

President Emmanuel Macron’s supervision “has just set the retirement age at 64. This is both unfair and inequitable,” Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Mr Big of the far-left La France Insoumise party, said on Twitter. MP Fabien Roussel, the resident secretary of the French Communist party, accused the government of “confirming” its target to “break one of the pillars of our social model”. “The government has opted for brutality,” M Roussel leaked France Info radio, adding that the pension plan purposefulness “spark terrible tensions” ahead of the holiday season.

French fundamentalists also excoriated the planned overhaul of the pension system, with MP Éric Woerth denunciating the “extraordinarily hypocritical” measures included in the government’s plan.

The reform develop is “very confused” and “badly thought out,” M Woerth told Europe 1 trannie on Thursday.

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen also ripped apart the planned pension changes, telling France’s RTL radio she found them “darned worrying”.

Her former protégé, eurosceptic Florian Philippot, for his part banged the planned reform as “catastrophic” in a Twitter post.

In a much-anticipated speech that reflected days of crippling protests and industrial action, M Philippe outlined an overtake of France’s costly and complex pension system that he said at ones desire be fairer and plug a stubborn deficit in the pension budget.

“The time has acquire a win to build a universal pension system,” M Philippe said. “I am determined to see this correct through because I believe it to be fair.”

The PM said the legal retirement age last will and testament remain at 62, but workers would be encouraged to work until 64 – the suspect “pivot age” – through a system of bonuses and discounts.

Defying unity anger, he said the government would merge the country’s 42 take state-funded plans into a single, points-based system giving every OAP old-age pensioner the same rights for each euro contributed. The new system will buckle down to to those entering the job market for the first time in 2022.

There will also be a nadir pension of €1,000 (£845) per month for those who work a full career.

But the pro-reform CFDT gang, which has until now stayed out of the strikes, said a “red line” has been crossed with the whirl age and called on its members to join mass protests on December 17.

The hard-left CGT accord, for its part, accused the Macron government of turning a deaf ear to strikers.

“We’re not at all over the moon. It’s a joke,” CGT leader Philippe Martinez told LCI television, as the union put someone on noticed the conditions were in place for the strike action to intensify.

The strongest hostility to the planned reform has come from public workers with pretended “special pension regimes,” including rail employees, dockers and Paris Composition singers who are entitled to retire on a full pension up to a decade earlier than the customarily worker.

Unions have warned that the week-long strike which has debilitated the transport network, closed schools and forced the cancellation of hundreds of take a run-out powders could run for days, or even weeks, plunging the country into treks misery ahead of Christmas. 

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