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Macron May Risk Labor Union Wrath With Fast-Track Pension Reform

  • Sidestepping worker representatives risks French mass protests
  • Reforming pension system was part of Macron’s election pitch
Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron

Photographer: Stephane Mahe/AFP/Getty Images

French President Emmanuel Macron is considering fast-track procedures to raise the retirement age, bypassing drawn-out negotiations with labor unions hostile to the change and risking mass protests and divisions among his own supporters.

Rather than overhauling the pension system in a dedicated bill in consultation with business and labor unions, Macron’s government could instead add an amendment to the 2023 budget, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said. The budget is due to be presented later Monday for discussion in parliament in October.