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France’s constitutional court approves pension reform

France Constitutional Court has approved the government’s plan to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 years.  

The ruling paves the way for President Emmanuel Macron to sign into law the reform which had sparked months of protests.  

The nine-member Constitutional Council ruled in favour of key provisions of the reform, including raising the retirement age to 64 and extending the number of years of work required for a full pension.  

It also ruled that the legislation was in accordance with French law.  

The Constitutional Council however rejected six minor proposals such as for large companies to publish numbers of over-55s employed, and the creation of a special contract for older workers. 

Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu