French pension reform plan: Is Macron between a rock and a hard place?

The retirement age in France is to be raised from 62 to 64 years, Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne has announced. The move is part of the reforms President Emmanuel Macron has been considering since he was first elected in 2017. The issue of changing the pension system in France is an explosive one. It has been a rolling topic on the agenda of successive presidents and governments since at least 1993. Each time, there have been strikes against it. This time around, unions have already called for strikes and protests on January 19.

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