March 28, 2023

The pension reform in the National Assembly: lively and tense exchanges [DIRECT]

Initial debates took place in the Social Affairs Committee on Monday, January 30 on the pension reform project. Many amendments have been made to the first article.

Parliamentarians seized on the debate on the pension reform. The Social Affairs Committee has begun to examine the government’s pension reform bill and the first exchanges were marked by some excesses. Between the parties of the left and the parties of the presidential majority, it is the incomprehension which prevailed, when it was not the rat race. MEPs have already spent several hours commenting on Article 1 of the executive text, which introduces the gradual abolition of a few special diets existing ones, including those of the RATP and the electricity and gas industries.

About sixty amendments were debated on Monday, while more than 6,000 were submitted and the committee session ends no later than Wednesday at 8 p.m. The socialist Arthur Delaporte asked for “additional days” of the examination of the text, taking into account the incompatibility between the calendar and the work to be ensured.

The first part of the exchanges between the deputies can be followed from this video transcription of the site of the parliamentary channel. During these 4 hours or so of exchanges, we will note the coup de brilliance of the communist Sébastien Jumel, who launched: “Don’t think that we are going to let the French take it all in the face, and purr like cats on big red armchairs. No, we are going to bring the anger back into the committee, into the hemicycle”. And to add to the address of his colleagues, referring to the power cuts envisaged by the CGT energy: “If we cut your juice for 2 or 3 hours in your hotlines, I don’t want to hear you cry”. Also note the daring outing of Renaissance MP Pierre Cazeneuve: “When you pee on yourself, you are never hot for long”, a sentence which came to support an argument to defend the urgency of “solving deficits”.

The continuation of the examination of the pension reform is to follow in the second part made available to LCP viewers and Internet users via the channel’s Twitter feed.

Calendar of the review of the reform in the Assembly

  • From January 30 to February 1, 2023: examination of the text by the Social Affairs Committee
  • From February 6 to February 20, 2023: examination of the text in session – unless adopted in committee
  • From February 17: examination of the text by the Senate in first reading
  • March 4, 2023: examination of the text in a joint committee (a delegation of deputies and senators)
  • March 26: on this date, failing agreement, the government may ask for the debate to be halted: the text is in fact inserted in the draft budget correction of the Secu, which limits to fifty days in total the debates in Parliament.

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