faced with an almost general reluctance, the executive at the foot of the wall

Jacques Serais

The subject of pensions is the heart of the weekly lunch between Emmanuel Macron and Élisabeth Borne this Friday, who must face the reluctance of the opposition who do not wish to see the reform pass in force. A reluctance that even affects members of the presidential majority, such as the President of the National Assembly Yaël Braun-Pivet.

The government’s work on pension reform is intensifying. Elisabeth Borne ended her consultations with the presidents of parliamentary groups on the upcoming texts on Thursday. The Prime Minister continues to take the temperature of the opposition, without giving any clue as to what the executive wants to do. The subject of pensions is on the menu for the weekly lunch between Emmanuel Macron and Élisabeth Borne this Friday, a few days before the presentation on Monday of the Finance and Social Security financing bills for 2023. Emmanuel Macron is keen on this reform of but the Prime Minister is likely to tell him that it is more than a compromise.

From opposition to the majority

Emmanuel Macron had gone to New York, to the UN, he had left it to Elisabeth Borne to take the pulse of the national representation. But the executive finds itself facing a wall. From the rebellious to the Socialists, via the Republicans or the National Front, all are opposed to a forced passage of the pension reform against the path of the amendment of the social security financing bill. Even within her own majority, the Prime Minister must face a wind of revolt: the Modem, 49 deputies in the hemicycle, however historical ally of the walkers, is more than reluctant.

The position of the Democratic Movement deputies would be “certainly to vote against” indicated Jean-Paul Mattei, their representative. And this story is the same even in the ranks of some of the elected Renaissance, to the perch. The president of the national assembly Yaël Braun-Pivet, fourth figure of the State, declared herself “not favorable” to a reform by amendment, calling on the government to “take the time for consultation”.

Emmanuel Macron had reiterated his desire to see the reform effective by the summer of 2023. Élisabeth Borne should calm her enthusiasm, unless the tenant of the Élysée is decided to go there “at all costs”. A position defended by a minister off the microphone: “we must go for it, or else it will mark a form of powerlessness to govern”.

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