July 29, 2021

Pension reform: the executive seeks to delay

After the time of agitation, here comes the time of procrastination. Emmanuel Macron had aroused the curiosity of some and stoked the fears of others by evoking, at the bend of the first stage of his Tour de France, in early June in the Lot, the idea of ​​relaunching the pension reform. Anxious to sweep away a long year of health crisis and impatient to put on his reformer costume again, the Head of State had, like a « teasing », hinted that the “Mother of reforms”, would sign the last act of his five-year term. “Standing still is not an option”, affirmed his entourage.

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Today, the President of the Republic seems in a hurry to wait. His meeting, Tuesday, July 6, with the eight leaders of the major trade union centers (CFDT, CGT, FO, CFE-CGC, CFTC) and employers (Medef, CPME, U2P), in the presence of the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, and ministers Bruno Le Maire (economy) and Elisabeth Borne (work), will have confirmed that the time is not for big decisions. Of course, the subject was discussed during the three-hour meeting at the Elysee Palace. But “Without the president having revealed his intentions to us”, confided Geoffroy Roux de Bezieux, boss of Medef, wondering “On the timing, especially with the Delta variant and the upsurge” of the Covid-19 epidemic.

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That the social partners were, almost unanimously, opposed to a possible hussar-style reform that would be implemented before the presidential election of 2022, undoubtedly weighs on the presidential hesitations. Difficult to advance without allies. And if a Macronie executive recognizes that the Head of State has a sufficiently high profile « rock and roll » for “To go there anyway in the mode” not even afraid “”, the Prime Minister would have warned him of the danger. “Jean Castex knows the social partners very well, it allows him to see the shit power 25”, slips a relative of the tenant of Matignon. The emergence of the Delta variant, capable of relaunching the epidemic at the start of the school year, has also “Reshuffled the cards”, thinks an adviser to the executive.

“We must not hold up people”

“There is a general desire to hurry slowly”, observes, in the tone of the joke, Gilles Le Gendre, deputy of 2e Paris constituency for the presidential party, La République en Marche (LRM). To believe this “walker”, difficult, however, to “Leave the subject in a gaseous state”. Emmanuel Macron must speak, clarify his intentions, give his ” roadmap ”For the last part of his mandate and beyond, pleads the elected. “The president must give his vision, the stewardship will follow!” “, abounds Stanislas Guerini, general delegate of LRM.

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