Marine Le Pen’s Pension Tightrope Act

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen has often claimed to defend France’s welfare state from liberals. But as millions struck against Emmanuel Macron’s retirement reform, Le Pen wasn’t with the protesters.

Illustration by Gaurab Thakali

 A common saying in France is “Truth arises from a conflict of opinions.” This year, the country found multiple sources of conflict crystallized in the fight against pension reform. The change, which was eventually railroaded through parliament and came into effect on September 1, raised the retirement age from sixty-two to sixty-four and will require […]

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