Why the French must embrace pension reforms

Unions are opposed to a higher retirement age

Driverless cars are just one aspect of an AI-disrupted future that means that unions can no longer stand in the way of much-needed changes to France's over-complicated pension system, writes political commentator and historian Simon Heffer in his latest column for Connexion

One could hardly blame President Macron if he put his head in his hands and asked what on earth he has to do to keep the people of France happy.
The anger manifested by the gilets jaunes last winter more or less died out – not least when the media became bored by it.

However, it resurfaced in mid-November, on the first anniversary of the movement, apparently as a reminder that the current of social dissatisfaction that triggered the anti-elitist, anti-metropolitan movement in the first place remains strong, despite tax cuts and other inducements costing €17billion.

Then the President became determined to reform France’s state pension system: an unwieldy, expensive and ultimately ruinous set of 42 different plans, according to the occupation of the claimant.

The pensionable age in France is 62, but some trades retire as young as 48, something not only economically unsustainable but also, ...

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