In his address to the nation, Macron evaluated the nationwide protests against the reform that raised the retirement age from 62 to 64.
“These changes were needed to ensure everyone’s retirement,” Macron said, noting that he was outraged by the reform, but that regulation was necessary.
Macron argued that more work would create greater prosperity for the entire country.
Expressing that prices have increased and their incomes do not allow many French people to live well, Macron said he hopes his speech will help the country move away from the period of protests and strikes.
Mass demonstrations broke out in France on March 16, following the government’s decision to pass the bill, which includes increasing the retirement age from 62 to 64, without voting.
Violence is taking place in many parts of the country between the police and the demonstrators, who intervened violently in the demonstrations.
More than 1,000 people have been detained in protests across the country since March 16.
The Constitutional Council, which the opposition and the government applied to determine whether the reform is constitutional or not, approved the article of the draft law that raises the retirement age to 64, while rejecting the 6 articles in whole or in part.
The bill was signed by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and published in the Official Gazette.