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Pensions: Parliament adopts increase in pensions for self-employed farmers


It was a long-awaited reform by the agricultural world. Parliament definitively adopted on Wednesday 1er February evening, by a final unanimous vote of the Senate, a bill brought by the Republicans (LR) to raise the pensions of self-employed farmers.

Far from the tensions on the pension reform pushing back the legal age from 62 to 64 years, the text of the deputy Julien Dive had been voted unanimously by the National Assembly at the beginning of December. The senators also voted for it unanimously, without modifications, confirming its final adoption.

It provides, from 2026, “to extend to non-salaried agricultural workers”in particular the heads of operations and the “collaborating spouses”, “the calculation of the basic pension on the only twenty-five best years”and no longer over their entire career.

“The method of calculating the pensions of our farmers is particularly illegible”underlined the rapporteur for the text in the Senate, Pascale Gruny (LR).

An average pension of 1,079 euros gross

The Social Affairs Committee considered that the text was not ” Perfect “but “Fully aware of the symbolic importance of this great mark of national support for these women and men to whom we are all indebted, has deemed it preferable to secure the advances acquired through hard struggle”she clarified.

Retired farm managers receive an average of 1,079 euros gross for a full career (excluding reversion), according to elements of the Mutualité sociale agricole (MSA).

This reform constitutes, according to the Minister of Labour, Olivier Dussopt, “a new step in terms of equality and recognition of farmers”.

On this consensual subject, two laws called Chassaigne 1 and 2 had already been passed unanimously in 2020 and 2021.

Promulgated in July 2020, the “Chassaigne Law” – from the name of the deputy and leader of the communist group in the National Assembly, André Chassaigne – had raised the pensions of former farm managers to a floor level of 85% of the net minimum wage.


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A second text presented by this same deputy had made it possible to raise the small pensions of the collaborating spouses of farmers in 2021.

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The World with AFP