Point-of-View – While 2 million French people were marching in the streets on Thursday, January 19, Emmanuel Macron said from abroad that the pension reform will be done with “determination” because it was in his electoral program. A real provocation.
A 48-hour strike was voted at Le Républicain Lorrain (Metz), a 24-hour walkout at L’Est Républicain (Nancy, Besançon) and at Vosges Matin (Epinal), all three of which belong to the EBRA group (Crédit Mutuel).
That’s exactly the wrong thing to do. Announcing the use of 49-3 in the open on a late Saturday afternoon, after a cabinet meeting on coronavirus, is a major blunder that Macronesia will pay a heavy price for. At the ballot box. And in the street.
Nothing is settled after the Prime Minister’s announcement to remove “conditionally” the pivotal age for pension reform. Lawyers, doctors, teachers, railway workers, etc. are calling for the “withdrawal of the project”.
After more than a month of massive strikes and monster demonstrations, the return to work promises to be decisive for both the executive and the unions. With two days of mobilization, January 9 and 11.