Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Rogues a-plenty at UN General Assembly

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'The door is open for dialogue with Madrid,' says Carles Puigdemont

Read more

THE DEBATE

Iran's rebuttal: Tehran answers Trump and Netanyahu

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Kurdish independence referendum: What impact on the region?

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Iraqi Kurdistan FM: 'We are determined to go ahead' with independence vote

Read more

FOCUS

Are universities in Pakistan becoming a breeding ground for terrorism?

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: 'It', 'Loveless', 'Nothing to Hide' and 'The Party'

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Save the Children CEO on Rohingya crisis: 'Children are being shot at'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

British PM expected to make offer to Brussels in upcoming speech

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

An overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday live at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2010-02-15

Sarkozy meets unions in bid to raise retirement age

All of the major French dailies lead with the Government’s plans to raise the age of retirement which currently stands at 60. Trade Unions and the Socialist Party are divided on how to respond to the proposed reforms.

Aujourd’hui en France says raising the retirement age is now a matter of some urgency with state coffers at an all-time low and the national deficit spiraling.

Le Figaro calls it “un bras de fer” or an “arm-wrestle” between Sarkozy and the unions. The right-leaning paper says the President is ready for a ‘tough battle’ on this issue. Looking at retirement across Europe, le Figaro says the aim is to coordinate the retirement age at 67. This is already the case in countries such as Denmark and Germany. In Spain the retirement age is 65 with plans to bring it up to 67 which in the UK, it currently stands at 65 with plans to raise it to 68.

Libération says that the left is divided on the issue. The Socialist Party leader Martine Aubry recently said it was time to raise the age of retirement to 61 or 62 but there is widespread disagreement in the party over her statement.

Other stories in today’s French papers:


Libération: “Injustice” (editorial)

La Croix: The rising costs of caring for the elderly

Aujourd’hui en France: The baker who was fined for beeping his horn


By James CREEDON

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2017-09-20 Donald Trump

'US threatens to totally destroy North Korea'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS, Weds. 20.09.17: The New York Times calls out US President Donald Trump on his "strikingly selective definition of sovereignty" after his address at the UN...

Read more

2017-09-20 Hurricane Irma

Are hurricanes an uncontrollable phenomenon?

FRENCH PAPERS, Weds. 20.09.17: As Hurricane Maria sweeps through the Caribbean, Catholic daily La Croix argues that, in this "age of hurricanes", governments simply aren't doing...

Read more

2017-09-19 climate change

'We aren't ready' for a second vote in Kenya and flip-flopping on climate change

IN THE INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Tues. 19.09.17: With the approach of Hurricane Maria, we take a look at how the international press is covering climate change, including the...

Read more

2017-09-19 Hurricanes & storms

Another Hurricane? It's Maria's turn. And, when's your printer going to stop working?

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Tues. 19.09.17: French papers are focusing again on hurricanes, this time the approach of Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean. Closer to home, Les Echos has...

Read more

2017-09-18 Donald Trump

'Rocket Man' and Trump's right-hand gal at the UN

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Mon. 18.09.17: We take a look at what might be discussed behind the scenes at the UN General Assembly. Using military might against North Korea could be...

Read more