The leader of La France Insoumisa, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, has assured that this Saturday they have obtained thousands of people, up to 150,000, a good part of them young voters. The French have taken to the streets of Paris again, in what is the second major demonstration in two days against the pension reform proposed by Emmanuel Macron, in which he intends to extend the minimum retirement age from the current 62 to the 64 years.
After the union mobilization day on Thursday 19, which resulted in a strike supported by a large part of the public sector, a dozen student and youth organizations from some left-wing parties organized for this Saturday of the nutrajuón favor ”.
From the Place de la Bastille to the Place de la Nation, thousands of protesters showed their repudiation of the reform promoted by French President Emmanuel Macron, who justifies the extension of the retirement age as a measure to correct the Social Security deficit in an increasingly aging country (21% of the French are 65 or older).
This protest, sponsored by the LFI of Jean Luc Mélenchon -the third parliamentary party in France-, takes place two days before the French Council of Ministers approves the bill, which will then have to be discussed in the French Assembly, where Macron’s party – without an absolute majority – counts, in principle, on the center-right to approve the norm.
Macron has declared war on us, Macron, get annoyed, we young people have taken to the streets.
The goal of this act is to increase social pressure and achieve something similar to what happened in 1995, when a pension reform bill with the conservative president Jacques Chirac was withdrawn under intense pressure from the street, even despite the absolute government majority in Parliament.
In addition to increasing the minimum retirement age from 62 to 64 by 2030, the proposal contemplates bringing forward the increase from 42 to 43 years of contribution to 2027 in order to enjoy full retirement (until now scheduled for 2035).
The Government insists that its proposal takes into account those who started working before the age of 20 and also those who for medical reasons will have to retire before the age of 64. For this reason, it ensures that 40% of future pensioners will be able to retire before of 64 years.