The pension puzzle: why is it so complicated to reform the pension system in France?

The French pension system is an emotional and divisive subject. Critics say it’s a costly and complex burden on the French economy, while advocates say it’s a treasure that needs to be protected. Attempts at reform (and there have been many) have pushed a cross-section of French society onto the streets and paralyzed the country. President Emmanuel Macron came to power in 2017 with a promise to streamline the pension system. His initial plan was sidelined by the Covid-19 pandemic, but he is determined to push through changes during his second term. Will he succeed where others have failed? We take a closer look in this edition of French Connections.


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