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French leaders tried to bring down the temperature on pension reform. Prime minister Edouard Philippe insisted the government is not at odds with the unions. France has one of the most generous pension systems in the world, and it’s also fairly unwieldy, with 42 different pension regimes.

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  • The UK general election will (understandably) dominate headlines in Europe today, but right next door, big things are happening too. France's prime minister unveiled the key details of a much-maligned plan to reform the country's convoluted pension system. In predictably French fashion, trade unions

    The UK general election will (understandably) dominate headlines in Europe today, but right next door, big things are happening too. France's prime minister unveiled the key details of a much-maligned plan to reform the country's convoluted pension system. In predictably French fashion, trade unions and workers had been on strike for a week before even knowing the contents of the plan. That just goes to show why pension reform is the hill that many French president have died on. Will that be Macron's fate as well?