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Reform against opinion or the risks of a balancing act


DECRYPTION – If he decides to go through with the pension bill, the executive will not be the first to carry out an unpopular reform.

October 10, 1995, Paris.

In the streets of the capital, the crowd comes for the first time to challenge the Juppé plan on pensions.

Quickly, the movement takes hold over time.

The impassive support of public opinion for the blockages generated ends up sowing doubt within the government.

The French, ever more numerous in the streets, are considered too hostile, and President Jacques Chirac prefers to give up.

Reform against public opinion, that is what the head of state at the time did not risk doing.

Right or wrong.

In the midst of the debate on pension reform, this is in any case the argument that is taking hold in the ranks of the opposition.

Ahead of the third day of mobilization, the first secretary of the Socialist Party, Olivier Faure, summarized the situation on LCI in a question.

“Can a government govern against public opinion?

Against those who are, in fact, the true sovereign?

He hastened to offer an answer:

"We cannot

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Source: lefigaro

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