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The Graphic Truth: When do Europeans retire?

Dot chart on EU retirement ages
Paige Fusco

French workers will flock to the streets in droves this week to protest the Emmanuel Macron’s proposed reforms to the national pension system, which seek to raise the retirement age by two years to 64. Unions aren’t having it: They say the government needs to honor the social contract with French workers who are now being told they’ll need to work for 43 years – up from 41 – to access their full pension. The government is preparing for pandemonium. So how does France’s retirement age stack up against other European states? We take a look here.


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