French pension reform not 'definitive': PM

9th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Thursday his government's pension reform which would raise the retirement age to 62 was "reasonable" but not "definitive" and open to adjustments.

"There will of course be adjustments during the implementation of this reform; there's never a definitive reform; things will have to develop," Fillon said two days after over a million people took to the streets in protest.

Speaking on public television France 2 Fillon said plans to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62 by 2018 were "reasonable" compared with those discussed or decided in other European countries.

"In all European countries the argument (when to retire) is 65, 66, 67, even 68 years," he said, warning that without an extension of the working life pension schemes could not be balanced.

Unions have called on French workers to make September 23 another "major day of strikes and demonstrations" to fight the reform, a cornerstone of President Nicolas Sarkozy's agenda as he eyes the next presidential election in 2012.

© 2010 AFP

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