Macron says pension reform to be put into effect in Summer 2023
France's president says work on pensions reform will begin following this national council.
Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, says his pension reforms will enter force starting the Summer of 2023.
These reforms will raise the retirement age from 62 to 65.
"Regarding the work on the pensions reform, which is necessary to finance our reforms, it will begin following this [national] council, and the reform will enter force from the summer of 2023," Macron said in an interview with Le Parisien and several other French regional news outlets, published on Friday.
The pension reforms are considered by many to be controversial, as they will deprive some categories of French citizens of a multitude of privileges and special retirement plans.
The announcement of the reforms sparked massive protests in France in 2019 and 2020, and the failure to push these reforms through marked one of the major issues of Macron's first term as president.