French pension reform sparking protests published in official gazette

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President Emmanuel Macron did not back down on the controversial reform that extended the retirement age in France by 2 years and became law in April. Decrees on the implementation of the reform started to be published in the Official Gazette.

French pension reform sparking protests published in official gazette

The decrees on the implementation of the controversial reform, which extended the retirement age in France by 2 years and became law in April, started to be published in the Official Gazette. The implementation decree of the law, which raises the retirement age from 62 to 64, was published two days before the 14th mass protests to be held on June 6, as decided by the unions.

The first decrees published in the Official Gazette for the law, which is expected to be implemented in September, included two controversial articles that gradually extend the retirement age.

Under the 31-article law, public sector workers such as firefighters, police officers and air traffic controllers will still be able to retire before the age of 64 in some cases, and those who start working early and complete the required 43 years will also be able to retire early.

On the other hand, a bill to withdraw the law, which was passed without a vote in Parliament despite mass protests and intense opposition across the country, will be discussed in the National Assembly on June 8.

CONTROVERSIAL PENSION REFORM

Mass demonstrations broke out in France on March 16th over the government's decision to pass the draft law raising the retirement age from 62 to 64 without a vote. The police intervened harshly against the protesters and there were violent incidents in many parts of the country.

More than 1000 people were detained in protests organized across the country since March 16.

The Constitutional Council, to which the opposition and the government appealed to determine whether the reform was constitutional or not, approved the article of the draft law raising the retirement age to 64 and rejected 6 articles in whole or in part.

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