Last week I asked one of my marketing students which population target group I belong in. Having expected " Baby Boomer" or "Generation X," imagine this Desperate Housewife's inner goddess when he simply said, " Old. "
Trying to help him out of the hole he'd just power-dug himself I foolishly asked him to elaborate. The hole became an abyss. "You are a Senior Madam," at which stage he started giving me retirement advice. Briefly touching my head, just making sure my hair hadn't morphed into a tight blue perm, I asked him to define " Senior." He raised his eyes to heaven and replied, "4O plus! "
Putting this into perspective, France is considered one of the better places to grow old. Pensions are high but the honey-jar risks being empty when my time comes around. The legal retirement age in France now stands at 62 for people born between 1955 and 1973. However a full state pension is only awarded for those who have worked 40-43 years. With that info, my guess is that I could be going on for at least another 20 years!
Many sectors benefit from " Special Retirement Plans" which are partially financed by the concerned business sectors and of course the rest is paid by the government AKA the tax -payer. In terms of some of these I truly understand why my student was calling me a "senior." Check out the retirement ages and please avoid chin dropping to floorboards:
- French Millitary: average retirement age is 45.7
- EDF & GDF ( French Electricity and Gas Companies): average retirement age: 55.4 - now I know why my gas bills have shot up!!
- RATP ( Paris Public Transport): average retirement age: 54.8
- SNCF( French Railway): average retirement age: 52.5
- Banque de France: has retirement plan based on the civil servant one, but keeps a separate fund - well, obviously!
- Sailors: average retirement age: 57.6 - Hello Sailor!!
- Others include: French National Theatre, Paris Opera, Miners, Members of the Assemblée Nationale and of the Senate,National Police, et al...
Next week's post - Menopause, IF I remember!
Don't know about you, but I could use a drink. Just discovered a vintage martini cocktail called " Death and Co," - seems appropriate.
D E A T H & Co