Published on: 04/12/2022 – 07:22 Assailed throughout the first day of campaigning for the second round of the presidential election on his projected retirement age at 65, Emmanuel Macron sent a strong signal to the popular electorate by saying they are ready to “move” on this totem of their program. It was the subject on everyone’s lips. The day after the first round, Monday April 11, Emmanuel Macron, was questioned by the French on the retirement age at 65, an unexpected concession thirteen days before the second round of the presidential election. -de-France, in Denain and Carvin, two cities that voted first for Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the president-candidate ended up slipping, at the start of the evening, that he was ready to “move ” if he felt “too much anxiety” with the French when he wants to “bring them together”. During an interview with BFMTV, in a bistro on Place Jean Jaurès in Carvin, he said he was open to a reform that would end before 2030, the deadline announced so far to gradually raise the retirement age to 65. It could stop in 2027 and therefore be limited to a starting age of 64, he explained. With a review clause at the end of his possible second five-year term. It is then up to his successor to manage the rest. “We cannot say on Sunday evening + I want to gather + and when we go to listen to people say + I am not moving +. The 65 years are not a dogma”, he then underlined during yet another walkabout “I open the door very clearly” at a starting age of 64 (against 62 currently), he replied on BFMTV. “Perhaps if there are too many tensions, we must stop in 2027, and not preempt the rest”, in order to “reach a consensus”. For Emmanuel Macron, to whom all the pollsters promise a second tight turn against Marine Le Pen, it is a question of giving pledges to the voters of the working classes, in particular those of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, which he needs to win the election of April 24. A project criticized on the left and on the far right However, his reform project, condemned by all the unions, is decried by both the left, the rebels and the National Rally, whose candidate, Marine Le Pen, defends the maintenance retirement at age 62. If he included it in his program, he who in 2017 was openly opposed to raising the retirement age, it was initially a gesture towards the right wing of the macronie and the LR voters. He was in no danger of offending the retired voters, the bulk of his troops. But he must now seduce young people and working people, who instead voted for his opponents. During the day on Monday, Emmanuel Macron saw how much this subject risked engulfing all the others during the series of trips he planned in the days who come. Pedagogy, warnings about the deficits, assurance that it will be “not before ten years”, quote from “the Human Beast with Jean Gabin” to show that railway workers no longer need benefits… all his efforts came up against the protests of many residents. “We are sick of your reform, you will need a walker to work!”, Launched an RN voter. “No there are no deficits”, protested a stubborn interlocutor. A lady even reproached him, wrongly, for his future “retirement as president”, while Emmanuel Macron had this prerogative removed in 2019. He spent a long time detailing an “individualized” system, which strongly resembles the points retirement that he had tried in vain to have accepted in 2019. His project had triggered the longest transport strikes since the war. Emmanuel Macron had resigned himself to burying what Macronie called the “mother of reforms” in the timing of the pandemic in early 2020. (AFP)
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