News reports state that French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said that a bill on reforming the costly pension system would be ready by September, with one option being raising the retirement age. This will be a challenge with much popular opposition being documented.
According to an Ifop poll for newspaper Dimanche Ouest-Francea, 59% of French oppose a rise in the retirement age. In addition, another poll from BVA for broadcaster Canal+ showed that French workers and students on average expect to retire at 62, higher than the current age but earlier than in comparable European economies such as Germany, where the retirement age is 67.
Sources: Reuters "France tackles explosive debate on pension reforms" (February 17, 2010); BBC "Nicolas Sarkozy to introduce French pension reforms" (Feburary 16, 2010)