In France they describe brutal and pointless pension reform

PARIS, January 26 (Prensa Latina) The two main leaders of the French opposition, Jean-Luc Mélenchon (left) and Marine Le Pen (far right), today criticized the pension reform promoted by the government, which they considered useless and brutal.

The two former presidential candidates expressed their determination to confront the project and highlighted the rejection it generates, with questionable points such as extending the retirement age from 62 to 64 years and increasing the subscription period to 43 years.

Melenchon, leader of La Francia Insumisa (LFI), stressed that no one believes that this reform is necessary, and everyone knows that it is useless.

According to the politician, the battle against the initiative will be decisive, and he expects good support for the day of protests called by the unions on January 31, after the mass rallies a week earlier.

For his part, Le Pen (National League) stated during his visit to the northern Pas-de-Calais department that more and more French people “are realizing that this reform is futile, brutal and ineffective.”

Likewise, the finalist in the presidential run-off last May furthered her goal of persuading conservative and pro-government MPs to oppose the text in the National Assembly.

Opinion polls show that seven out of ten citizens oppose the pension project, which will reach the parliament at the beginning of February.

In this regard, the government spokesman, Olivier Véran, asked that an entire strategy not be judged solely by the ballot box, although he was aware of its importance.

They estimate in the press and analysts that the government is losing the battle for public opinion at the moment.

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Pension reforms have never been popular, Ferran said in the capital, and we have to explain why there is no other alternative than a balance between retirement.

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