Pensions, purchasing power … What are the reforms that will get stuck in the Assembly?

Jacques Serais, edited by Laura Laplaud

With 245 seats in the National Assembly, the coalition Ensemble! carried by President Emmanuel Macron will find it difficult to implement the program defended during the presidential campaign. With strong opposition on the right as on the left, the major reforms plan to have lead in the wing.

Will Emmanuel Macron succeed in governing a National Assembly that is already characterized as “ungovernable”? Will he be able to pass the reforms defended during the presidential election? Nothing is certain since the confederation Together! obtained 245 seats in the legislative elections, which is far from sufficient to have an absolute majority. His major reforms may not see the light of day, starting with the most emblematic of the reforms promised by the Head of State: that of pensions.

Will the pension reform come into force?

17 days ago, in an interview with the regional daily press, Emmanuel Macron assured him in the simple future: “The pension reform will come into force in the summer of 2023”, he explained. The president should perhaps have mentioned it in the conditional as the rebellious Alexis Corbière, deputy for Seine-Saint-Denis, thinks. “Retirement at 65 sank thanks to this result, thanks to those who came to vote. It’s very concrete and it’s a first in the Fifth Republic, the president is in the minority in the National Assembly.”

Without an absolute majority and with a very relative majority, the whole project of Emmanuel Macron seems paralyzed, frozen. The bill on purchasing power, scheduled for this summer, no longer seems so topical.

It’s just a taste

The government planned a food check, a rebate targeted on fuel except that we can already imagine the hemicycle distributed over this project: not ambitious enough for the deputies of the Nupes, too spendthrift for the Republicans and between these two forces, MPs Together! quartered, without a majority to pass the texts.

For this five-year term, Emmanuel Macron had set priorities such as health, education or even ecological transition and other even more sensitive issues such as the renationalization of EDF, not to mention possible state of health emergency measures. if ever the Covid-19 should not return. Without an absolute majority, the Head of State will therefore have to deal with other political parties if he wishes to pass his reforms.


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