Macron still faces a battle to fund his ageing nation

The problem of an ageing population and how to fund pensions and dependency care that has bedevilled previous governments has now landed in President Macron’s lap.

It has been estimated that these costs will double in the next 20 years as people live longer and need more support.

France has fewer people in work and more and more over-60s – especially over-75-year-olds – needing care.

Costs are rising too, as longer lives do not necessarily mean extended healthy lives.

In his speech, the president said we must face up to the problems of advanced age and give them more visibility.

He said: “For years, we’ve acted as though ...

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