FRANCE - Prime minister Fillon reaffirmed his commitment to align pension benefits for all French citizens by 2012.
Fillon estimated the deficit in the pension account to reach between €8bn to €10bn by 2012 but admitted this realignment may come at a cost to the man on the street.
In a speech to pension institutions, Fillon added: “But behind this cost there is an authentic gesture of social justice.”
He also reminded the audience that raising contribution periods from 40 to 41 years was not an option, but already stated in law.
Fillon added that his attention would be focused on bringing the ““régimes spéciaux”, the pension benefits for some public sector workers, in line with the rest of the country in 2008.
The prime minister’s reconfirmation came after five rail unions announced plans to strike on 18 October in protest against the proposed reforms last week.
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