France’s top constitutional body has backed President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial increase in pension age from 62 to 64, rejecting opponents’ bid for referendum.
But the Constitutional Council said some articles in the bill had legal flaws.
In March, the government used a special constitutional power to force through the reforms without a vote, prompting twelve days of protests against the reforms since January.
Macron’s government has said the reform is necessary to keep the pension system’s finances out of the red in the coming years.
He is now expected to enact the law this weekend. From September the first retirees will have to wait an additional three months for their state pensions. With regular, incremental increases, by 2030 the retirement age will have reached 64.