France passed a law without a vote raising the retirement age from 62 to 64. This was officially announced by French Prime Minister Elisabeth Born, according to Le Monde. It is assumed that the retirement age will increase gradually, over eight years.
Earlier, President Emmanuel Macron approved the Prime Minister's use of Article 49.3 of the Constitution, which allows the adoption of a law without the approval of Parliament.
This reform caused rallies and strikes in French cities. In recent weeks, the French have gathered for thousands of demonstrations, the supply of gasoline from all refineries has stopped, public transport has hardly run, and many schools have been closed.
The government had previously agreed to lower the retirement age, but only for a year, to 64 instead of 65, and agreed to guarantee a minimum pension of 1,200 euros for everyone.
At the same time, the retirement age in France is the lowest in Europe, in Italy and Germany people retire at 67, in the UK - at 66, in Spain - at 65.