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Retirees march in Montpellier over social charges

LanguedocLiving, Mar 15

Pensioners in Montpellier protested on Thursday as a response from nine unions. Other demonstrations took place in Nîmes, Perpignan, Carcassonne, Rodez and Mende.

Pensioners were the main losers of President Emmanuel Macron’s first budget mainly due to the 1.7% hike in the contribution sociale généralisée (CSG) social charge - which is deducted from salaries and pensions to cover the costs of the social security system.

Since the hike, many pensioners have found themselves paying an extra €25 a month in contributions. Only those with an income of less than €1,289 are exempt from the increase in charges.

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