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French government unveils plan to raise retirement age to 64

By Aurelien Breeden

10 Jan 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Defending his plan to cut costs in France's pension system, Emmanuel Macron claims the current model is unsustainable. That, according to the NYT, puts him on a collision course with labor unions.

PARIS — The French government on Tuesday unveiled long-expected plans to raise the legal age of retirement to 64 from 62, part of changes to the country’s pension system that President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to see through a fractured Parliament despite weak popular support, hostile labor unions and the threat of disruptive strikes and protests.

Macron’s last attempt to change the pension system in 2019 prompted massive street protests and one of the longest transportation strikes in France’s history, until the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the government shelved the plan.

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