Large-scale strike in France: more than a million people took to the streets (video)
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The French took to the streets to protest against raising the retirement age. According to the French Interior Ministry, there are about 1.12 million people on the streets.
In France, members of the largest trade unions in the country organized strikes and strikes against pension reform. On Thursday, January 19, reports Le Figaro.
According to the French Interior Ministry, 1.12 million people took to the streets of the country, including 80,000 in Paris. The unions have called on the French to protest against the government's pension reform, which sets the retirement age at 64.
In addition to demonstrations, the protest was expressed in strikes, especially in transport, in schools and in the civil service. So, the work of urban transport in many cities is paralyzed, trains are also delayed. In addition, a number of schools and factories did not work today. It is reported that 28% of civil servants who joined the strikes did not come to work.
Some clashes with police, tension or damage were reported in Paris, Lyon and Rennes.
Macron hopes that the demonstrations will take place “without riots and violence”
It should be noted that on the day of the demonstration, French President Emmanuel Macron was on a working trip to Barcelona. There he stated the importance of taking into account the views of everyone and expressed the hope that the action would take place without clashes with the police.
“I trust that the organizers of the demonstrations will ensure that these legitimate expressions of disagreement pass without causing great inconvenience to our compatriots, without excesses, violence and damage. There are rules for the proper functioning of democracy,” said MacronMacron's election promise
Pension reform in France is one of Macron's key election promises. The reform is based on raising the retirement age from 62 to 64 years. The minimum term for contributions to the pension fund is planned to be increased to 43 years, and the minimum pension to be increased to 1,200 euros per month.
At the same time, trade unions and left-wing politicians believe that the government's measures will strike at the working class of France. Unions say the planned changes will be particularly painful for those who start early and whose life expectancy is lower than the French average.