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the great vagueness of the government

Game over ? After having kept the vagueness in recent weeks on the pension issue, the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, has dampened the hopes of supporters of a reform by the end of the five-year term. Conditions “Are still not met” to initiate such a project, he said, Wednesday, September 8, after a government seminar. the “The process can only resume when the pandemic is under control and when the economic recovery is strong enough”, he detailed.

Two conditions already put forward by Emmanuel Macron, on July 12. I will not launch this reform until the epidemic is under control and the recovery is assured ”, asserted the Head of State, during a speech, while explaining to have “Asked the government of Jean Castex to work with the social partners on this subject from the start of the school year”. But the social summit of September 2, in Matignon, confirmed the sticking points with the unions on pensions. From the CFDT to FO, via the CGT, to the Medef, all have ruled out a discussion on pensions before the presidential election in April 2022.

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For now, the file is therefore muted and the door would indeed be closed. Jean Castex “Was clear”, believes a source within the executive. Sunday September 5, the daily The echoes however reported that the President of the Republic had not given up on launching “The mother of reforms” before the presidential election, in particular by implementing the abolition of special schemes and the minimum pension of 1,000 euros for any full career at the minimum wage. “Are the French ready? The question is above all to continue to act for the country ”, confirmed to World the entourage of the Head of State.

“No tinkering”

“We are getting out of little bits of reform while this government has not stopped saying from the start that it did not want tinkering”, was surprised Tuesday, September 7 on BFM-TV the secretary general of the CFDT, Laurent Berger. The subject of pensions “Is way too serious” so that we take it “Through the small end of the telescope”, he got annoyed. While, the same day, in an interview in the world, the spokesman of the government, Gabriel Attal, continued to blow the hot and the cold. “The question of pensions has never left the table, there is nothing buried”, he first argued, before specifying however that“There is nothing decided”. Emmanuel Macron remaining vigilant to the state of “Unity of the country” on this divisive subject.

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