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Despite protests, Macron says pension reform will take effect this year

The president French, Emmanuel Macrontoday showed his confidence that the reform pensions approved parliament will come into force before the end of the year, despite street protests against the bill.

“It would be good if the pension of 1.8 million people increased by a few percent. 600 euro per year,” the President assured in an interview with two main TV channels of the country.

Macron assured that the reform now depends on the opinion of the government. constitutional council, but not street protests, which, he says, “you have to respect when they are peaceful, but not when they are taken to the extreme.” violence”.

While he acknowledged that “you should listen to the anger” of the citizens, he warned that “overcrowding is unacceptable” because “legitimate anger” against reform does not justify violence.

Considering the spread strikes and blockades certain sectors of the economy, said that “blockades must be lifted when they affect economic life, for example, in refineries and distribution fuel or garbage collection.

Macron admitted to only one mistake in this whole process: “failing to convince” citizens of the need for pension reform, which, according to the numbers, will lead to a government deficit that will rise to 12.5 billion euros by 2030.

“Do you think I like doing this reform? No,” he assured, before insisting that lowering pensions or raising company and employee contributions was out of the question (“we are one of the highest taxing countries in Europe”), leaving only the possibility of working more.

“Not a single union offered compromises. They told us they didn’t want any reform,” he insisted.

Macron assured that he understands the anger of many citizens when they see the extraordinary advantages of large companies, and assured that he will ask the government to force them to “participate in the collective efforts” of the nation.

Last Friday, his government forced parliament to approve a controversial reform at the cost of two no-confidence votes on Monday, which received unprecedented support in the current legislature from the opposition. The text proposes to raise from 62 to 64 years retirement and extend the minimum contribution period. At present, Macron will wait for the Constitutional Council to evaluate the law in order to make it public.

(According to EFE and Europa Press)

Source: Aristegui Noticias



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