Pensions: the fears of the executive in the face of the radicalization of the challenge
Gendarmes and police officers injured, and scenes of chaos in several cities in France. The ninth day of mobilization against the pension reform will have been marked by an increase in violence. However, the old, Emmanuel Macron had spoken in order to appease the social climate. But two days after the presidential speech, the executive is distraught.
Emmanuel Macron’s interview this Wednesday on TF1 and France 2, was supposed to appease the anger after the adoption by 49-3 of the pension reform. It had the opposite effect. “It’s the worst case scenario,” notes an annoyed executive adviser. Because this speech, instead of closing the retirement chapter, seems to have galvanized the opponents of the reform.
At the national level, more than a million French people marched in the streets this Thursday, during the ninth day of mobilization. As for the Parisian procession, according to police figures, it has reached a record since the start of the mobilization, namely 119,000 demonstrators.
“Violence is the most worrying”
Figures and especially images that give some cold sweats in Macronie. “Violence in our country… It is today the most worrying factor. Much more than the insoluble political equation of the moment” analyzes a close friend of the president.
Because if the Head of State referred to it during his last intervention – the assault on the capitol in the United States, the invasion of places of power in Brazil – it is because the threat is taken very seriously in her entourage.
“What if France was the next country?” asks this pessimistic adviser. The only solution on the horizon in the eyes of a heavyweight of the majority: “dissolution”.