The new bill will raise the official retirement age from 62 to 64 after it is passed.
Intercity and IT train services are at risk of severe disruption due to the protests
From 2027 people will have to work for 43 years to get a full pension
Paris, The new pension scheme included in the reform programs led by President Emmanuel Macron has become the cause of nationwide protests. According to a report by ‘France 24’, French trade unions staged a massive strike and demonstration on Thursday against plans to raise the retirement age. The new bill will increase the official retirement age from 62 to 64 when passed by parliament and will also increase the minimum service period required for a full pension.
Intercity and commuter rail services are expected to be severely disrupted due to these protests. Many schools and other public services will remain closed. One in five flights was canceled at Orly airport in Paris. Also, only two driverless lines of the Paris metro will operate normally. Large demonstrations of thousands of people are expected in Paris and other cities, where ultra-left “Black Bloc” infiltrators are also expected to commit acts of violence.
Now you have to work for 43 years
Under proposals presented earlier this month by Prime Minister Elizabeth Bourne, from 2027 people will have to work 43 years to get a full pension, up from 42 now. The plan, which is described as an important measure to protect France’s pay-as-you-go pension system, was rejected by the people. The reform is proving deeply unpopular with the public according to IFOP polls – 68% say they are opposed. French media reported that police expected 550,000 to 750,000 protesters, including 50,000 to 80,000 in Paris. Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said Wednesday that 10,000 police would be on alert for the protests.
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FIRST POST: January 19, 2023, 1:27 p.m. HST