France: Emmanuel Macron calls for "unity" and confirms pension reform in 2023

Control screens during the broadcast of Emmanuel Macron's wishes, December 31, 2022. AFP - JULIEN DE ROSA

Text by: Valérie Gas Follow

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Emmanuel Macron presented his wishes to the French for the year 2023. The first of his new mandate, the sixth since his first election.

In his speech, the president confirmed that 2023 would be the year of pension reform


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The pension reform will be applied from the summer of 2023. In his speech of wishes,

Emmanuel Macron

reaffirmed his desire to maintain this calendar.

The President of the Republic did not give the details of the arbitrations carried out, it is

Élisabeth Borne who must take care of it on January 10.

But he explained that there was a need: " 

to work longer 

", thus endorsing the postponement of the legal retirement age which represents the basis of this revisited reform which should make it possible to ensure the system of distribution .

A “ fair 

” reform 

to hear the Head of State: “

To do this, the lengthening of our working careers will be gradual.

It will be done in stages over nearly 10 years.

It will also be fair taking into account long careers, choppy careers, the difficulty of certain tasks, certain trades


A consideration therefore of the arduousness which aims to try to attenuate the fierce opposition of the unions to this reform that Emmanuel Macron also tried to include in a more global aspiration for France: " 

refounding the pillars of the country

 " .

A company in which the Head of State hopes to obtain the support of the French people to whom he wanted to send a message

of "unity and collective ambition

" with one objective: to make a Nation.

“The Politics of Defiance


The speech of the President of the Republic was, in any case, not to everyone's taste.

For the rebellious deputy Alexis Corbière, Emmanuel Macron wants to "

brutalize the French people in 2023


Our pension system is not in danger.

Alexis Corbières, deputy LFI/Nupes

For Arthur Delaporte, PS/Nupes deputy, "

there was no ambition, no breath, no solution, except what he had already announced, that is to say the old recipes of the right liberal.

We have, at the same time, a president who says that he wants to recreate a nation of confidence, but ultimately, who only promises us the policy of defiance


For his part, the deputy RN Laurent Jacobelli denounces a “ 


” and “ 


” president.

He explains to us that he wants to be a builder, that he wants to build the future of our children, then announces to us in the same sentence that there will be a reform of unemployment benefits and pension reform

: a hardening .

Rather, he will be a president who destroys our social model, destroys solidarity and fraternity and who builds a very bleak future for our children

, ”he adds.

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