The controversial pension reform is on everyone’s lips this weekend before it arrives in Parliament on Monday. In an interview with Le Parisien this Saturday evening, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin attacked the left-wing opposition head-on.
“To balance our pension system, yes, we have to work harder. We must not say anything else and assume it, “said the occupant of Place Beauvau, castigating “those who think that we have to work less and less and defend the right to laziness” like the ecologist Sandrine Rousseau. “The majority of the President of the Republic defends work, the values of effort, merit and emancipation” unlike the Insoumis leader Jean-Luc “Mélenchon and his friends” who advocate “a society without work, effortlessly,” he insisted. Seeing in “this lazy and sore leftism” the proof of a “profound contempt for the value of work defended by the workers and the popular classes”, the minister said he made the distinction with “a traditional left, trade unions, which carry fighting to save jobs”. A nod to three days of a new day of demonstrations against the reform.
On the other hand, the thousands of amendments tabled by the left-wing parties in the Assembly demonstrate, according to him, that their alliance, the Nupes, “is a scam” which “only seeks to mess with the country”. The former right-wing elected official also did not spare Les Républicains “who wanted to retire at 65” in the presidential election. “Why would some have doubts today? They would have lied to the French during the last campaign? “, he launched.
Mélenchon wants further mobilization
For his part, in Villiers-le-Bel during the greeting ceremony of LFI deputy Carlos Martens Bilongo, Jean-Luc Mélenchon said this Saturday that he hoped that the unions “allow” the forthcoming organization of a “very large march” against the pension reform “during a weekend” for further mobilization. “Why on a weekend? Because during the week, only those who are at work can enter into action, through strikes. Which is not always easy for them, but they are there,” continued Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
“But you have to think that there are more than two million students, of whom only one million – half – are working, precariously but working. You have several million retirees, several hundred thousand people who cannot go to work,” argued the former presidential candidate. “They have to be able to participate in the fight. All together ! Salaried workers, unemployed, retired, students, high school students even if necessary, and it is necessary, all together, we are the people, ”he said. The leader of La France insoumise finally accused the government “of setting up an integral market society, where everything is market and everything is merchandise”.