Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne defends, Sunday, May 22, in Le Journal du dimanche the pension reform project, insisting on her wish to “not lie” to the French. “Those who would have people believe [that pension reform] is not essential are not telling the French the truth,” said the head of government.

Emmanuel Macron proposed during the presidential campaign to “shift the legal age” of retirement “by 4 months per year” to bring it “in 2031 to 65 years”, with a device of “long careers” and another of “difficulty”.

“The challenge for our country is to ensure the strength of our social model, to pursue social progress and to invest, particularly in health and education”, argues Elisabeth Borne. “The President of the Republic has made clear commitments: no tax increases, no increase in debt. However, we are living longer and longer, the ratio between the number of working people and the number of retirees is decreasing… If we want to preserve the pay-as-you-go pension system, to which our fellow citizens are attached, we will have to gradually work a little longer . »

Retirement at 65 “is not a totem”, she assures, “but we must ensure the financing of our social model. And announcing to the French that they will work less, brandishing retirement at 60, is lying to them. That’s what the RN did for years. It is also a measure found in the Nupes program and which is not credible. Promises like “tomorrow, we shave for free”, the French do not believe in them. I won’t lie to them,” she insisted.