First Council of Ministers of 2023, first challenges for the executive.

On Wednesday, Emmanuel Macron chairs the first Council of Ministers of the year.

After a year 2022 full of uncertainty with the war in Ukraine and its multiple geopolitical, economic and financial fallout, this meeting should allow the Head of State to galvanize his troops before the presentation of the pension reform, much criticized by the social partners.

The pension reform will be presented on January 10 to the French then on the 23rd in the Council of Ministers, before a potentially stormy examination in the National Assembly and a possible revolt in the street.

2023 will be the year of pension reform

The Head of State set the scene from his wishes to the French on December 31, confirming that 2023 would be the year of reform and calling on his fellow citizens to “unity” so as not to give in to “the spirit of division in “so hard times”.

For this back-to-school meeting, there will "surely be the desire to show cohesion, a government in working order behind the president", predicts Anne-Charlène Bezzina, lecturer in public law at the University of Rouen.

Emmanuel Macron should shine the spotlight on upcoming projects.

Important presidential announcements are expected on Friday on the health system, on the verge of implosion, especially in pediatrics.

On the retirement age, unions and opposition are upwind, it goes to 64 or 65 years, against 62 currently.

The government does not make 65 years a "totem", reaffirmed Elisabeth Borne on Tuesday, trying to lay the foundations for a compromise one last time.

Unions should call for protest

If the cursor stops at 64, Emmanuel Macron will have a good time remembering that he himself raised this possibility in the spring.

From mid-January, everyone will have their eyes riveted on the social climate.

Will the French take to the streets en masse to denounce the pension reform?

Will the country be paralyzed by the strikes?

"Large-scale crises do not generally occur when the population is worst but on the contrary in periods of slight uplift in morale," says Anne-Charlène Bezzina.


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  • Emmanuel Macron

  • Elisabeth Borne

  • Pension reform

  • Union

  • Government