Macron says ready to accept 'unpopularity' over pensions reform

2023-03-22 12:41:05 GMT2023-03-22 20:41:05(Beijing Time) Sina English


French President Emmanuel Macron is seen on screen as he speaks during a TV interview from the Elysee Palace, in Paris, on March 22.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday said he was prepared to accept unpopularity as a consequence of imposing a controversial pensions reform that has sparked uproar and protests.

"Given a choice between opinion polls in the short term and the general interest of the country, I choose the general interest of the country," Macron said in a televised interview.

"If it is necessary to accept unpopularity today I will accept it," he added while acknowledging he had "not succeeded in convincing" the country over the reform.