Jacques Serais, edited by Romain Rouillard 7:59 p.m., January 19, 2023

The day of mobilization against the pension reform attracted more than a million people in the street everywhere in France this Thursday.

Large-scale rallies that surprised at the highest peak in the state.

However, the executive does not intend to go back and believes that concessions have already been made.

Serenity is not in order this Thursday evening on the side of the executive.

The images of this first day of mobilization against the pension reform somewhat sounded some advisers who did not expect such gatherings everywhere in France.

According to the Ministry of the Interior, 1.12 million people hit the pavement on Thursday to express their opposition to the government project. 



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Last week, spokesperson Olivier Véran indicated, however, that the executive “did not (plan) in the idea of ​​​​a massive mobilization”.

A macronie executive also recognizes an error of assessment: "We presented the reform saying to ourselves that basically, the French were resigned, that there would be little opposition". 

"We won't move, we can't"

Now the tone is set: the government will have to face a showdown much tougher than expected.

However, there is little chance that the executive will backpedal.

The Ministry of the Economy believes that the few concessions that could have calmed the discontent have already been given.

And in particular the legal age set at 64 – and not 65 as initially planned – or even the minimum pension at 1,200 euros for retirees who have had a full career at the minimum wage. 

A government adviser also reaffirms the determination of the executive: "We will not move, we cannot, otherwise the president will lose all credibility for the next four years".

The text will therefore be presented to the Council of Ministers on Monday, as planned.