Cakeism – gâteauisme – has crossed the Channel. A new poll, published this week, suggests that 53 per cent of voters believe pension reform, as proposed by President Macron, has to be a priority for the French Government. At the same time, and in the same poll, 40 per cent of respondents said the retirement age should actually come down, while 25 per cent favoured leaving it at 62. Less than a third of those polled were ready to accept an increase.
France’s minister for the economy, Bruno Le Maire, is the most experienced member of Emmanuel Macron’s top team. But the rivalry between the two seems to be intensifying.