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Macron doubles down on French ‘independence’ amid pension reform crisis

2023-04-18 08:48:23       source:Politico

April 17, 2023

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron drew a connection between his country's pension reform and Europe's independence from other countries, during a televised address Monday evening.

"We are a people who intend to control and choose our destiny, who do not want to depend on anyone, neither on the forces of speculation, nor on foreign powers, nor on wills other than our own, and we are right," Macron said during the 15-minute speech.

The French head of state's TV appearance was the first time he has addressed the nation since he signed his contentious pension reform — which raises the retirement age from 62 to 64 — into law amid a prolonged political and social crisis.

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