in a joint committee, deputies and senators agree on a common version of the text

The deputies and senators reached an agreement on Wednesday in the joint joint committee (CMP) on a common version of the pension reform project, which will still have to obtain a favorable vote from the Senate and the Assembly on Thursday to be adopted, unless the government resorts to 49.3. The agreement, obtained after more than eight hours of debate, with 10 votes against 4, was expected, the joint committee (seven deputies and seven senators) being composed mainly of parliamentarians in favor of raising the legal age to 64 years.

An uncertain adoption at the Assembly

If the bill should be voted on Thursday morning by the Senate, which has already approved it at first reading, its adoption by the Assembly remains uncertain, in particular because of the position of a party of right-wing deputies. “We will be there in the Senate and then in the National Assembly to confirm these conclusions”, welcomed the Minister of Labor Olivier Dussopt on Twitter.

Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne showed that the agreement showed that it was possible to “build solutions together”.

The leader of the rebellious deputies Mathilde Panot, present at the CMP, denounced an “already tied agreement” between the presidential camp and the right. “Nothing is over in this country,” she promised.

“We are continuing the fight in Parliament and in the streets”, added the socialist Arthur Delaporte, while the opposition could lead to motions against the text. “The LR deputies have therefore ratified their entry into the majority”, denounced the deputy RN Thomas Ménagé, also a member of this commission.

An “advance” on long careers

At the exit, the head of deputies LR Olivier Marleix issued a “progress” obtained on long careers. The question is crucial, because part of his troops, in the first rank included the deputy of Lot Aurélien Pradié, have made it a battle horse to vote or not the reform. Aurélien Pradié wants all beneficiaries of the system who started contributing early to be able to retire after 43 annual contributions, regardless of age, and at the full rate.

The presidential camp has put back on the table a proposal accepted by the executive at first reading in the Assembly, for an enlargement of the system, in particular for the age group 20-21 years and 17 years. “The perimeter remains the same” after the CMP, explains a source familiar with the matter.

“It is not the Pradié amendment”, insisted in turn parliamentarians from the left and from the presidential camp, the left calling on the reluctant LRs not to vote for the text. After the CMP, Olivier Marleix conceded that “in (his) group as in the majority there are deputies who will not wish to vote for this reform”. The LR group is yet to hold a meeting on Wednesday evening.


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