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France’s far-right opposes Macron’s pension reform, Le Pen warns By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Marine Le Pen, MP and chairwoman of the parliamentary group of France’s far-right Rassemblement national (Rassemblement National – RN) party, attends the opening session of the National Assembly in Paris, France, June 28 2022. REUTERS / Sar

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s far-right National Rally leader Marine Le Pen said on Sunday her party would vote against President Emmanuel Macron‘s pension reform and against the 2023 budget.

“We will oppose Emmanuel Macron’s pension reform plans which are unfair and will divide (the country),” Le Pen said at a party meeting in Cap d’Agde, southern France.

Macron wants to start implementing the reforms, which mainly consist of a gradual raising of the legal retirement age to 65, next summer.

France’s far-right scored historic success in June’s legislative elections, boosting its number of deputies to 89, up from eight in the previous legislature, and cementing the party’s rise from the fringe to the mainstream opposition.

With the June elections, the National Rally became the second largest party in parliament, denying Macron’s centrists the absolute majority that would have facilitated his reforms.

The 2023 budget should be debated in the coming weeks.