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Pension reform: Borne hammers his arguments before the examination by the deputies


Invited Thursday evening from France 2, the Prime Minister is still trying to convince of the relevance of her project. It relies on parliamentary debate to confront opposition.

Faced with protest from the French, Elisabeth Borne still hopes to convince them of the relevance of her pension reform.

“I hear the reluctance, the concerns, the questions”

, launches the Prime Minister in the introduction of her remarks, Thursday evening on France 2, while two new days of mobilization are planned by the trade unions, on February 7 and 11.

The parliamentary debate is due to begin in public session at the National Assembly next Monday.

An appointment that the head of government hopes will be useful in confronting opposition.

"We can criticize our project but what do we propose?"

, she asks, targeting in particular the left-wing parties which have tabled nearly 18,000 amendments.

Élisabeth Borne hopes that they

will “remove”

from it to make possible a project-versus-project debate.

And to castigate now the recommendations of the Nupes, which it summarizes as

"110 billion euros of additional taxes ... per year of course!"

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To the future imbalance of the pay-as-you-go pension system,

"we may want to respond with taxes, taxes, higher social security contributions"


"we think it's very important to preserve purchasing power"


Including, she points out, that of the wealthiest retirees.

The choice of the executive to raise the legal retirement age to 64 is

“a collective effort requested from the French”


“causes reactions”


“(its) responsibility is to tell the truth”


Women not penalized?

The opportunity to return to the analyzes of the Pensions Orientation Council (COR), whose presentation by its president Pierre-Louis Bras lent the flank to very disparate interpretations.

“Retirement spending is not exploding

,” notes Elisabeth Borne like Pierre-Louis Bras, while adding a warning:

“The revenue is not there”


In question, the demography which jeopardizes

the "balance"

of the system.

With muffled steps and making sure to choose her words with caution, Elisabeth Borne returned to the most serious concerns surrounding her reform.

Starting with women, presented by his minister Franck Riester (Relations with Parliament) as

“a little penalized”

by the proposed system.

“This reform protects women

,” swears the Prime Minister.


“By choosing not to shift the age of 67, this famous age of cancellation of the discount


by raising the minimum pension, we protect the most modest women who have the most difficult jobs”


In the same way, the head of government indicates that she is


to lowering the threshold to 50 employees (against 300 according to the initial project) from which companies would be affected by the future "senior index" that the government wants to establish. to combat unemployment among the elderly.

We will discuss with all those who want to support a pension reform.

I think the Republicans do.

Elisabeth Borne

“We will discuss with all those who want to support a pension reform.

I think this is the case with the Republicans

, ”insists the Prime Minister.

She will soon have to clarify her position on the amendment of the right-wing deputies who want people who started working between the ages of 16 and 20 to be able to retire after 43 of contributions, against 44 in the government text.

An amendment to 1.2 billion euros.

"I am looking for the most protective system"


"not losing sight" of

the objective which is

to "ensure the balance"

of the system, notes Elisabeth Borne.

Asked a few moments later on the same antenna, the president of LR Éric Ciotti is confident:

“We are in the process of obtaining from the government that there are 43 annuities and no more for all those who started working very early .



One thing is certain, Elisabeth Borne

“does not consider”

the hypothesis of an adoption by forceps thanks to article 49-3.

“My objective is to find compromises”

, repeats the host of Matignon who faces very heavy processions throughout the country.

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In her work of persuading public opinion, Elisabeth Borne was helped Thursday by one of her predecessors, Édouard Philippe.

On BFMTV, the president of the allied party Horizons said he supported

the executive's project

"unambiguously" even if he found it

"less ambitious"

than the universal points system he was defending in 2020.

"To balance the system , we have to work longer”

, insisted the mayor of Le Havre, who had been rather discreet since the presentation of the text.

“I don't think there are any resisters

,” he said as many MPs from his party publicly shared their reservations.

But for the government, the unity of the majority is not an option.

It is imperative to face the days of heavy weather that are still to come.

Source: lefigaro

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