The demonstrators do not budge, the Executive plays the watch

After the strong mobilization which paralyzed France, Thursday, in protest against the reform of the pension system, it was the turn of a dozen youth organizations to parade, this Saturday, January 21, while the bill must be presented Monday in the Council of Ministers.

The youth appeal, which mobilized some 150,000 people, is supported by La France insoumise by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who distinguished himself during the demonstration.

Indeed, the leader of the Insoumis who hopes to “bounce back” on the success of the inter-union mobilization on Thursday, launched a sentence which quickly went around the web and the editorial staff. He claimed to “curse” Macron who would like to “turn everything into merchandise”.

Be cursed for wanting to turn our whole existence into a commodity (?) to dirty everything, to spoil everything, to reduce everything, to quantify everything”, launched JL. Mélenchon from the roof of the protest organizers’ truck.

And to add in front of a completely acquired crowd: “We are defending the right to live fully and humanely in free time, in self-chosen time. And what do they want to do? What they want to do all the time is to turn any living or inanimate thing into a commodity”insisted the former presidential candidate.

The opinion of Mélenchon on this reform is decided. He believes that raising the legal retirement age from 62 to 64 ” won’t make one person work“. ” I know it well. It will be more unemployed people, more sick people, and above all less life.he insisted.

And to add a layer: “They say we have to work more, for what? The key to the future is not to produce more, disposable. But produce better, and to do so you have to work less,” further argued the Insoumis.

For his part, the spokesman of the New Anti-Capitalist Party, Olivier Besancenot, called on the demonstrators to be “activists of the general strike. We are going to block society, paralyze the economy, ”he chanted.

“Something is happening, there is something resembling past mobilizations where we are winning,” he said again.

The government plays for time

Without blinking or deviating from its schedule, the government presents its disputed pension reform Monday in the Council of Ministers, counting on the erosion of the mobilization, however strong at its start, and on the support of the right for a rapid adoption.

After a first day of strikes and demonstrations Thursday that he did not anticipate as massive, with between one and two million people in the street, the executive remains determined to go through with his project to postpone the age of retirement from age 62 to 64.

A measure contested by all the unions, most of the opposition and a large majority of French people in the polls.

“We ask people to work two more years, we did not expect to be greeted with flowers,” admits a minister.

But “this reform is essential and we must do it,” hammered government spokesman Olivier Véran on Friday, commissioned to “convince” of its merits by insisting on its “social” support.

4 figures to understand

64 years old
The government project plans to push back the legal retirement age from 62 to 64, by 2030. This is the minimum age from which a person has the possibility of retiring. The legal retirement age will thus be raised by three months per year from 1 September 2023.

43 years
This is the contribution period necessary to be able to obtain a full pension. If the pension reform is adopted, it will be necessary to have contributed 43 annuities, or 172 quarters, from 2027 to benefit from a full pension, and no longer from 2037.

67 years old
People who work until the age of 67 will always have the possibility of leaving with a full pension, even without having the required number of quarters.

62 years old
If the government’s reform provides for an increase in the legal age to 64, people who meet the current conditions of the long career scheme will continue to leave two years before the legal age, ie at 62. This concerns people who have worked 5 terms before the age of 20. Early departures at 60 and 58 will be possible for those who started working before the age of 18 and before the age of 16.

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