French Authorities To Raise Retirement Age
According to Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne, who was quoted by Reuters, the French government would file a law that would raise the country’s standard retirement age from 62 to 64 years old by 2030. Starting in September 2023, the retirement age will gradually rise by three months per year.
Borne asserted that the government is putting up a « fair » reform plan to balance the pension system. The French people have « questions and worries » about the pension system changes, the prime minister admitted at the time. She emphasized that the administration must make an effort to persuade people of the necessity for this reform.
According to Reuters referring to the findings of a survey by Odoxa, four out of five French people oppose hiking the retirement age. The top trade unions in the nation oppose the proposal. Their leaders decided to stage strikes and protests on January 19, 2023 in a meeting on January 10, according to Laurent Berger, general secretary of the French Democratic Confederation of Labor, as reported by TV station TF1.