pushed by LR, Elisabeth Borne ready for a concession on long careers

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In an interview with the JDD, published on Sunday, Elisabeth Borne announces that people who started working between the ages of 20 and 21 will be able to retire at 63. A step towards Les Républicains on the eve of the kick-off of the debates before the National Assembly.

People who started working between the ages of 20 and 21 could retire at 63, not 64, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne announced on Sunday February 5 in the Journal du Dimanche, thus responding favorably to a request from deputies. G/D.

On the highly contested pension reform, “we are going to move by extending this long career system to those who started working between the ages of 20 and 21. They could thus leave at 63,” said the head of government. “We hear” the request of right-wing elected officials, she added, before Monday’s kick-off of the debates before the National Assembly.

The voices of Republicans are essential to pass this reform. They have raised the stakes and have been pleading for several days to prevent “those who started working the earliest (have to) contribute the longest”, according to party president Éric Ciotti.

A green light to their proposal on long careers “will make it possible to win a very large majority in the LR group”, he assured the Parisian.

“It is a measure that will cost between 600 million and one billion euros per year, and which will affect up to 30,000 people per year”, underlines Elisabeth Borne. And “as we are carrying out this reform to ensure the balance of the system by 2030, we will have to find ways of financing”.

Currently, starting a career before the age of 20 can allow an early retirement of two years, and entering the workforce before the age of 16 can give the right to an early retirement of four years. The reform project provides that this device will be “adapted”: those who started before the age of 20 could leave two years earlier, i.e. 62 years; those who started before 18 could leave at 60, etc.

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A mid-term report

To another request from the LRs, also made by the MoDem group, the Prime Minister has “no objection”: it would be a question of making “a mid-term progress report on the reform”, in 2027 That year, “there is a presidential election and legislative elections”, which “is already a form of review clause”, she notes.

While two new days of mobilization are expected, February 7 and 11, Elisabeth Borne says she understands that the reform pushing back the legal age of departure from 62 to 64 “causes reactions, reluctance and concerns”.

“But our goal is to ensure the future of our pay-as-you-go pension system,” she insists, saying “regrets (r) that some, especially on the left, maintain misunderstandings”.

In response to the leader of the CFDT Laurent Berger, who accused her Thursday evening of lacking “empathy”, the tenant of Matignon affirms that “it is blessing, and it is the opposite of who I am and of what I wear”. And if the reform did not finally take place? “I do not place myself in this hypothesis. I am looking for the way”, explains Elisabeth Borne.

With AFP


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