Highly explosive subject. After the Elysee does not rule out a possible return of pension reform before the end of the five-year term, opinions are divided within La République en Marche (LRM) which holds its parliamentary days in Angers, Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 September.
If the party executives agree on the need to reform the 42 special schemes and guarantee a minimum pension of 1,000 euros, all are also in phase to say that this is not the time to rub shoulders with a construction site socially also sensitive seven months before the presidential election. “I always thought it was an excellent reform at the start of the second five-year term. And I still think so “, explains Richard Ferrand, President of the National Assembly, who adds: “If the president is a candidate and reelected, then he will have free rein to move forward. We need a form of delegitimization on this theme, it seems to me. “
Others, like François Patriat, especially regret that the reform could not be completed sooner. “If you go on special diets now, you put a coin back in the bastringue!” “, launched, Monday, the elected representative of Côte-d’Or and president of the LRM group in the Senate to three of his colleagues who were sunbathing on the terrace of the Angers congress center. “This is what people were asking us to do, the end of special regimes and the reduction in the number of parliamentarians. Well, we will have neither ”, he regrets.
In front of journalists, Mr. Patriat is more measured in his words, but the message remains the same. “We must not make laws that are fun and appear as pre-election gifts. We need to make useful legal texts that we can still influence. But it is not worth going to embark on subjects which put the French back in the street ”, he explains.
The heads of La République en Marche prefer to list what remains to be done before embarking on a possible pension battle: the implementation of the unemployment insurance reform in early October, the pursuit of Ségur health, the application of the second part of the recovery plan, the law on professional equality between men and women, the creation of a commitment income for 18-25 year olds or the definition of the status of sappers -volunteer firefighters. “We are not going to kid ourselves, there are a hundred useful days left with, in these hundred days, a budget of sixty. So there are forty left ”, calculates François Patriat.
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