Pensions, finances… Elisabeth Borne faces her defining moment.

EVALUATION – On Wednesday, a meeting will be held at the Élysée to discuss putting a stop to the ongoing pension arbitration process.

Elisabeth Borne will soon return to her “real” school. The Prime Minister faces his or her own moment of truth as well, as, after four months of deliberation and planning, the executive finally gets around to tackling the tough issues. The government presented its draft budget for 2023 to the Council of Ministers on Monday, even though the deputies won't return to the Palais Bourbon hemicycle until the following week. Specifically, without mentioning the executive's never-ending promises of pension reform, the details of which are still unclear in the absence of a supermajority, which is hampering the government's ability to take any decisive action. On Monday, BFMTV and RMC invited Elisabeth Borne for a “back to school” interview, but she was unable to expand upon her previous comments. A new bill or an amendment to the Social Security finance bill? The Prime Minister evaded questions the entire time, saying that she would make a decision “at the end of the week.” The next scheduled arbitration hearing is this coming Wednesday…

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