“The movers are equipped with exoskeletons”: the astonishing argument of the boss of the Macronist senators on the arduous work
Guest on Public Senate, François Patriat justified the pension reform by ensuring that “times are better” today for manual workers than 40 years ago.
The pension reform which, as announced by Emmanuel Macron, will finally be presented on January 10, a month later than the scheduled date, is more than ever on everyone’s lips. And in particular on those of François Patriat, president of the group of RDPI-Renaissance senators.
Invited on Public Sénat on December 12, the senator returned to the consideration of the difficulty of careers: “In 1981, I voted to retire at 60“, he advanced. “But I remind you that 40 years ago, times were not those of today: the very nature of difficult careers was different.»
François Patriat thus estimated that today, “the difficulty is no longer the same“. “My neighbour, in my village at the time, was a mason, a roofer and told me “I can’t stand climbing on the roofs like that anymore”.But nowadays, he continued, “movers, roofers, are equipped with exoskeletons, materials.“Before adding:”Times are better today. We don’t live like 40 years ago: it was the generation of the war, exhausted. In the context that we know today, I think that we must indeed return to retirement at age 65.»
The sequence did not escape the opposition, part of which is already firmly opposed to pension reform. The deputy of the National Rally, Jean-Philippe Tanguy, reacted strongly on Twitter, recalling that his group would block “this inhuman reform“: “These oligarchs live in a parallel world.“For his part, the rebellious deputy Bastien Lachaud quipped: “Great ! François Patriat will therefore be hired as a mason after the end of his term in the Senate. There is no age.»
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