The French Senate approves the pension reform proposal
The measure still needs to be approved by the National Assembly to be put into practice, which should happen this week.
IN FranceThe Senate approved the president’s pension reform proposal Emmanuel Macron. The measure still needs to be approved by the National Assembly to be put into practice, which should happen this week. According to the country’s prime minister, Élisabeth Borne, an important step has been taken despite the attempt to block the vote by some political groups. Thousands of people took to the streets to protest against the reform over the weekend. Large demonstrations focused on this issue have taken place in the country since January of this year. Polls show that two-thirds of the French are against the goal of raising the minimum retirement age from 62 to 64 by 2030. In the capital, Paris, much garbage has piled up on the streets due to a street-cleaning strike. The act lasts seven days and has no deadline. In total, five thousand tons of garbage were not collected in the city. In northern France, labor strikes block fuel supplies to refineries. Hundreds of people burned tires on the road to block delivery trucks. The blockade was then lifted by the police. Labor unions are demanding dialogue with Macron, but the government has refused to discuss the reform project with the proletariat and says it will not abandon the bill. The position of the president is complicating the situation and increasing political tension.
*With information from reporter Malu Becari