Pension reform: La France insoumise denounces an “unfair, brutal and cruel” project

The opposition reacted quickly to the presentation by Elisabeth Borne of her pension reform project on Tuesday. The main personalities of La France insoumise have thus drawn up the vitriolic criticism of the text.

In front of the National Assembly, in front of the press. This Tuesday, the government, led by Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, brought to light his project of pension reform, the main project of the executive at the start of the five-year term. With a flagship measure: gradually raising the retirement age, to reach 64 by 2030. The plans of the majority immediately aroused the anger of the opposition. On the left, the executives of La France insoumise denounced the text bluntly.

“Madame Borne is not ashamed of anything”

Mathilde Panot, MP elected in Val-de-Marne and president of the group of rebels in the National Assembly, first took up the elements of language of the head of government to better contradict them. “A project of ‘justice, balance and progress’. Uh: NO. A project to save money, archaic, unfair, brutal, cruel: YES. Conclusion: Ms. Borne is not ashamed of anything”, a- she tweeted.

Further emphasizing the backward-looking and violent nature of the government project according to her, Mathilde Panot launched in stride:

“Élisabeth Borne wants to lower employers’ contributions to the occupational accident and disease fund. She is betting on our exoskeletons? Welcome to the 19th century!” The elected official even mentioned a “declaration of social war” further on.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon denounces a “serious social regression”

If he no longer sits at the Palais-Bourbon, Jean-Luc Mélenchon is still the tutelary figure of La France insoumise. So he too took the floor, and on the same channel:

“Postponement of the retirement age. Increase in annuities. Abolition of advantageous special schemes. The Macron and Borne reform is a serious social regression”.


MP elected in Val-de-Marne, Clémence Guetté also castigated a text described as unfair, particularly for certain audiences. “Prime Minister Borne has given her sentence. And the penalty is heavy for the French! They will have to work two additional years, until they are 64. Double penalty for long and painful careers, for women”, he said. she detailed.

It is the same judicial image of the “sentence” that came to mind of François Ruffin, parliamentarian designated in the Somme.

“Bollard behind her desk: a judge who announces the sentence. She has fallen: two-year sentence for all the forklift drivers, the cleaning ladies, the carers, all the workers who keep the country upright”, he said. he writes, taking the lead in the social movement which he calls for: “The people will appeal in the street”.

The rebellious promise “the fight”

After pointing out the “social and democratic contempt” that she reads in the government’s project, Raquel Garrido, elected in Seine-Saint-Denis, also invited the French to take to the streets. She recalled on Twitter the Paris meeting set by the rebellious on January 21. “Macron is not legitimate to impose this regression. He steals people’s life time. It’s a fight!”, She pleaded.

Louis Boyard, representative sent by the Val-de-Marne to the National Assembly, proposed a textbook case:

“Imagine arriving at the supermarket checkout and seeing a 64-year-old cash in on you. Your mother, your father. That’s Macron’s pension reform. There are going to be demonstrations, strikes. Youth, everything depends on us. If we start, nothing can stop us”.

“The battle until victory” according to Coquerel

Speaking shortly after his colleagues with BFMTV, and following a statement by the unions in favor of a day of mobilization against the reform for January 19, Eric Coquerel for his part gave “priority” at the rally announced by the inter-union. Without excluding the holding of the march of the 21st. “There are rivers which feed this union river”, imagined the deputy elected in Seine-Saint-Denis.

“We are going to make sure that everything starts on a very high level of mobilization”, again promised the one who is also chairman of the Finance Committee. On the merits, he added: “It is a project that is not democratic: the executive does not have a majority in the country for that.”

Eric Coquerel showed optimism before the political fight to come: “We are starting a battle which will last a certain time but I think, until victory, because I think we will win in unity.”

MEPs will start discussing the text in committee from January 30, before devoting their sessions to it from February 6. The parliamentary shuttle will then occupy the Senate and National Assembly in the spring, for a possible entry into force of the law that the executive hopes for the end of the summer. It is difficult to see how this interval will appease La France insoumise.

Robin Verner BFMTV journalist

Pension reform: La France insoumise denounces an “unfair, brutal and cruel” project