Pensions: the executive puts forward new arguments without changing course

Posted Jan 22, 2023, 6:07 PMUpdated on Jan 22, 2023 at 7:27 PM

The government can not convince the French that its pension reform is “fair”? Never mind: after the day of strong mobilization Thursday then that of Saturday, the ministers concerned, in the forefront of which Olivier Dussopt, deployed in the media to defend the reform before the presentation this Monday in the Council of Ministers of the law Project.

They put forward new arguments, hoping that neither the processions of January 31 nor public support for the movement will swell. Olivier Dussopt will renew the exercise this Monday after the Council of Ministers and Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne should do the same in stride during her wishes to the press.

“No losers”

In an interview with the “JDD”, Olivier Dussopt speaks of “restoring the maximum of equality” and insists on the redistributive nature of the reform, with “the poorest pensioners who will see their pension at the liquidation increase the most”. Likewise, he points out that “the increase in women’s pensions will be twice as great as those of men”. It must be said that they start from lower.

The Minister of Labor goes so far as to declare that if “an effort” is asked of “many French people”, there “are no losers”. A formula that did not convince all his colleagues. And he details those he describes as the “winners” of the reform: “the most modest French people, those who have had choppy careers, women – and also all French people who will improve their pensions. “A purchasing power argument” always delicate to handle “, warns an adviser.

The Minister of Public Accounts, Gabriel Attal, assures him that the project can be “enriched” in an interview with “Parisien”. He cites chopped careers and above all opens the door, on the senior index, to “coercive measures”. Still, these enrichments must make it possible to guarantee “the balance of the system in 2030, without tax increases”. Suffice to say that the room for maneuver is reduced.

A balancing act

“It’s a balancing act, recognizes a government source. We have to show that we are not too stiff and at the same time, not let everything go, it’s much too early, it would be lethal. We must refer to the parliamentary debate. And the same to worry that “the social measures of the reform do not print, age crushes everything. We must assume the fact that it is a hard reform, but say that long careers, difficult careers, chopped careers, we help them! »

Pending the debate in Parliament, which also gives some cold sweats internally while doubts are expressed in the majority and the LR group in the Assembly remains divided, Matignon is studying among all the proposals “what is relevant and what which is not, within the framework of the balance”, indicates the entourage of Elisabeth Borne.

Arrange the text

Sunday evening, Emmanuel Macron, on the sidelines of the Franco-German summit, said that after the “time of the government” on Monday, came “the time” of Parliament. “You have to respect it. I hope that the National Assembly and the Senate will seize it and be able to develop it, “said the Head of State, while slipping: “We know the needs which are ours”.

The President of the Republic also indicated that the 64-year limit was “already an opening”, compared to that envisaged during the 65-year campaign. “There is the desire to convince but also to move the country forward,” he concluded.

The pressure in the tube

In the Modem group, the deputy Philippe Vigier insists in particular on a “review clause at 1er January 2028” with “an analysis by the Court of Auditors, an assessment by Parliament and the social partners concerned”. He is also studying the track, as “Le Figaro” wrote, of “working 30 minutes more per week. “It’s the idea that working a little more now may not require working a little later,” he defends. A track ruled out by the government.

“The chance we have for the moment, tries to reassure an adviser to the executive, is that no alternative reform has emerged in the debate. But by the time we get to Parliament, the pressure will mount in the tube. »

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