Edouard Philippe calls for “moving a lot” on pensions.
Former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe called on the executive to “move a lot” on pensions in an interview with the Parisian published on Saturday, and reiterated his plea for pushing the retirement age to 65 or even 67.
“I’ve always said that I think it’s necessary to postpone pensions, to postpone a lot,” he explained, recalling that last year he “did talk about moving the legal age to 65, 66 or 67.
“My goal is not to demand the toughest solution to upset the world,” assures the leader of the Horizons party, which forms the right wing of the majority.
“All countries in the European Union are facing the same aging of their populations as we are. Whether Liberals, Christian Democrats, Social Democrats, they all chose the solution of postponing the retirement age,” he emphasizes again, citing the examples of Germany and Italy, which “choose 67 years”.
“I don’t know by what miracle of the spirit we could find ourselves in a situation radically different from our neighbors,” argues the former Matignon resident, who himself tried to push for pension reform, arguing that this is not the case interrupted by the Covid.
Following a promise made during his re-election campaign, Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed his intention to swiftly implement a pension reform, to be applied for from the summer of 2023, with a gradual increase in the retirement age to 65.
“If we are 65 years old and it works, that suits me very well,” assures Mr. Philippe. “And if we go later, we need to improve the system by introducing more equity and of course, taking long careers into account,” he continues.
Pension reform is one of the ways to limit France‘s debt, according to Mr Philippe, who expresses his concern at “a significant deficit and ongoing public spending”.
In this perspective, Mr. Philippe notes that the executive “has set a return to 3% (of GDP, editor’s note) of the deficit around 2027”.
“We are the only country that has embarked on this course. The others have a goal for 2025,” he notes.
“We are spending more and more without our fellow citizens feeling that things are going much better”, Mr. Philippe continues, and in particular calls for a review of housing policies, which he says have “become largely ineffective and therefore far too expensive for what what we get.”
When asked about migration policy, the former Prime Minister considers the establishment of “professional quotas” to be “quite possible”.
“We need skills to hire people. Even with an unemployment rate of 7%, we have difficulties recruiting new employees in certain areas,” he argues.
As one of the candidates for the 2027 presidential election, Mr. Philippe protests against “the kind of collective madness” that consists of “being totally in the moment, personalization”.
“I never skip steps,” he replies, while acknowledging that “preparation is never futile.”
“I understood that Renaissance would decide in 2024 how it chose its nominee. When the time comes, so will Horizons, and I think we won’t have primary elections,” he slips.
Referring to Horizons, which will hold a convention “in the first quarter of 2023,” Mr. Philippe claims to bring together “nearly 20,000 paying members,” “more than 380 mayors” and “more than 500 community committees” a year after its inception. .
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