French Prime Minister Elisabeth Born announced in an interview with Agence France-Presse that in the week beginning April 3, she will meet with parliamentary groups and political parties, including those of the opposition, as well as local representatives, with the aim of “pacifying the country.”
Bourne is also scheduled to hold meetings with trade union organizations and employers in the following week, according to the Prime Minister, in the midst of violent demonstrations in the country since the adoption of the amendment to the pension system on March 16 without a vote in Parliament.
Bourne announced that the government would not resort to the controversial mechanism that allowed the passage of the pension amendment without a vote in Parliament, outside the framework of budget issues.
Born’s remarks came during an interview with “Agence France Presse” two days before a new move by the unions, scheduled for Tuesday, to protest against the amendment of the pension system, which includes raising the retirement age from 62 to 64 years.
Bourne stressed that she is open to dialogue with all social partners, and said, “We have to find the right path… We need to calm things down.”
She explained that the reform of the retirement system has been approved and “will move forward” to the Constitutional Council, which will give its opinion, provided that the President of the Republic will then “issue the law” according to what is stipulated in the constitution.
After President Emmanuel Macron entrusted her with preparing a government program and a legislative program, Bourne pointed out that she would “formulate an action plan” during the next three weeks that would “mobilize all parties who want to move the country forward.”
She also said, “We really want to give priority to some issues in order to show the French tangible results quickly.”
The protests against the pension system amendment project turned into the biggest local crisis facing President Emmanuel Macron in his second term, and clashes were recorded daily last week between the police and demonstrators in Paris and other cities.
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