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Strikes in France introduced trains to a halt and protesters flooded the streets, clashing with police in some cities on Thursday, after President Emmanuel Macron pledged to implement laws elevating the retirement age.

Transport workers, academics and staff across the nation marched in opposition to the pension legislation, which raises the minimal retirement age by two years to 64. Riot police scuffled with protesters in cities together with Bordeaux, Rennes and Nantes, as individuals chanted and lit flares exterior Gare du Nord prepare station in Paris.

Labor unions try to lift the strain on the federal government, a day after Macron gave a tv interview that stoked their anger. The president doubled down on the pension overhaul as the easiest way to make sure the way forward for France’s beneficiant pension system, partly on account of rising life expectancy, and mentioned these opposed wanted to face actuality.

Macron defends move to raise retirement age as protests roil France

The federal government’s use of govt powers to push the invoice by has intensified a standoff with unions, which have drawn big crowds since January however to this point didn’t get Macron to alter course.

Rail staff marched onto the tracks at Paris’s Gare de Lyon on Thursday and on the prepare station in Marseille, the place the native department of a rail workers union vowed to dam trains from working till the pension plan is withdrawn.

The nation’s civil aviation physique warned of disruptions to flights into and out of airports for Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux and Lyon, urging passengers to delay their journey and make contact with airways.

Exterior Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, protesters blocked a freeway resulting in one of many terminals of one in all Europe’s busiest airports. The blockade compelled some vacationers to succeed in the airport on foot, the French channel BFM TV reported.

As vacationer points of interest together with the Eiffel Tower and the Versailles Palace closed, Transportation Minister Clement Beaune tweeted that officers have been assembly at a disaster middle to watch public transport disruptions “hour by hour.”

Rolling strikes have additionally disrupted entry to refineries, and walkouts by trash collectors have left heaps of rubbish baggage spilling out onto the sidewalks in Paris this month.

Thursday’s industrial motion drew individuals of a wide range of ages, backgrounds and professions, with younger individuals marching shoulder-to-shoulder with older protesters nearer to retirement age.

The Schooling Ministry estimated a couple of quarter of center faculty academics and roughly 15 p.c of highschool academics went on strike. College students joined in cities together with Nantes, the place one protester held an indication that learn “Signal-makers on strike.” One other picket signal featured a drawing of a skeleton that mentioned “Lengthy dwell retirement.”

Pictures and movies from Nantes and Rennes in western France confirmed police utilizing water cannons and tear fuel, and protesters lighting trash on hearth.

French Inside Minister Gérald Darmanin has said he ordered the deployment of practically 12,000 cops, together with 5,000 in Paris on Thursday. Some earlier protests was clashes with police, who detained scores of individuals in latest days, though few have been in the end charged.

After the federal government handed the pension invoice by the decrease home of Parliament with no vote final week, the textual content now faces a overview from the Constitutional Council. Nonetheless, Macron says the legislation ought to come into impact by the top of the yr.

Since his authorities survived two no-confidence votes this week, the check now’s whether or not Macron’s dedication can outlast the unions’ skill to carry strain to bear on the streets.

“Yesterday, the president of the Republic mocked us,” said Marie Buisson, a senior official within the CGT union confederation, which is on the coronary heart of the strikes.

“We are going to proceed” even when the invoice is adopted “as a result of what we refuse is that this reform that forces everybody to work for 2 further years,” she mentioned on the radio. “You possibly can clearly see the large anger on the market.”

France protests: What to know as Macron forces a retirement-age hike

The CGT department in Marseille mentioned it estimated 280,000 individuals have been protesting Thursday within the southern port metropolis alone, whereas French media cited police as giving a far decrease estimate of 16,000 protesters in Marseille.

Labor Minister Olivier Dussopt said authorities weren’t in denial in regards to the disaster however hoped to resolve it. “There are a lot of topics which might enable for renewing a dialogue,” he mentioned, together with the way in which during which corporations share income with staff.

“I don’t imagine in any respect that from in the future to the subsequent, inside 12 to 24 hours, that we might go from a state of battle to an entente,” he added. “Issues might be carried out regularly.”



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Strikes in France introduced trains to a halt and protesters flooded the streets, clashing with police in some cities on Thursday, after President Emmanuel Macron pledged to implement laws elevating the retirement age.

Transport workers, academics and staff across the nation marched in opposition to the pension legislation, which raises the minimal retirement age by two years to 64. Riot police scuffled with protesters in cities together with Bordeaux, Rennes and Nantes, as individuals chanted and lit flares exterior Gare du Nord prepare station in Paris.

Labor unions try to lift the strain on the federal government, a day after Macron gave a tv interview that stoked their anger. The president doubled down on the pension overhaul as the easiest way to make sure the way forward for France’s beneficiant pension system, partly on account of rising life expectancy, and mentioned these opposed wanted to face actuality.

Macron defends move to raise retirement age as protests roil France

The federal government’s use of govt powers to push the invoice by has intensified a standoff with unions, which have drawn big crowds since January however to this point didn’t get Macron to alter course.

Rail staff marched onto the tracks at Paris’s Gare de Lyon on Thursday and on the prepare station in Marseille, the place the native department of a rail workers union vowed to dam trains from working till the pension plan is withdrawn.

The nation’s civil aviation physique warned of disruptions to flights into and out of airports for Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux and Lyon, urging passengers to delay their journey and make contact with airways.

Exterior Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, protesters blocked a freeway resulting in one of many terminals of one in all Europe’s busiest airports. The blockade compelled some vacationers to succeed in the airport on foot, the French channel BFM TV reported.

As vacationer points of interest together with the Eiffel Tower and the Versailles Palace closed, Transportation Minister Clement Beaune tweeted that officers have been assembly at a disaster middle to watch public transport disruptions “hour by hour.”

Rolling strikes have additionally disrupted entry to refineries, and walkouts by trash collectors have left heaps of rubbish baggage spilling out onto the sidewalks in Paris this month.

Thursday’s industrial motion drew individuals of a wide range of ages, backgrounds and professions, with younger individuals marching shoulder-to-shoulder with older protesters nearer to retirement age.

The Schooling Ministry estimated a couple of quarter of center faculty academics and roughly 15 p.c of highschool academics went on strike. College students joined in cities together with Nantes, the place one protester held an indication that learn “Signal-makers on strike.” One other picket signal featured a drawing of a skeleton that mentioned “Lengthy dwell retirement.”

Pictures and movies from Nantes and Rennes in western France confirmed police utilizing water cannons and tear fuel, and protesters lighting trash on hearth.

French Inside Minister Gérald Darmanin has said he ordered the deployment of practically 12,000 cops, together with 5,000 in Paris on Thursday. Some earlier protests was clashes with police, who detained scores of individuals in latest days, though few have been in the end charged.

After the federal government handed the pension invoice by the decrease home of Parliament with no vote final week, the textual content now faces a overview from the Constitutional Council. Nonetheless, Macron says the legislation ought to come into impact by the top of the yr.

Since his authorities survived two no-confidence votes this week, the check now’s whether or not Macron’s dedication can outlast the unions’ skill to carry strain to bear on the streets.

“Yesterday, the president of the Republic mocked us,” said Marie Buisson, a senior official within the CGT union confederation, which is on the coronary heart of the strikes.

“We are going to proceed” even when the invoice is adopted “as a result of what we refuse is that this reform that forces everybody to work for 2 further years,” she mentioned on the radio. “You possibly can clearly see the large anger on the market.”

France protests: What to know as Macron forces a retirement-age hike

The CGT department in Marseille mentioned it estimated 280,000 individuals have been protesting Thursday within the southern port metropolis alone, whereas French media cited police as giving a far decrease estimate of 16,000 protesters in Marseille.

Labor Minister Olivier Dussopt said authorities weren’t in denial in regards to the disaster however hoped to resolve it. “There are a lot of topics which might enable for renewing a dialogue,” he mentioned, together with the way in which during which corporations share income with staff.

“I don’t imagine in any respect that from in the future to the subsequent, inside 12 to 24 hours, that we might go from a state of battle to an entente,” he added. “Issues might be carried out regularly.”



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Strikes in France introduced trains to a halt and protesters flooded the streets, clashing with police in some cities on Thursday, after President Emmanuel Macron pledged to implement laws elevating the retirement age.

Transport workers, academics and staff across the nation marched in opposition to the pension legislation, which raises the minimal retirement age by two years to 64. Riot police scuffled with protesters in cities together with Bordeaux, Rennes and Nantes, as individuals chanted and lit flares exterior Gare du Nord prepare station in Paris.

Labor unions try to lift the strain on the federal government, a day after Macron gave a tv interview that stoked their anger. The president doubled down on the pension overhaul as the easiest way to make sure the way forward for France’s beneficiant pension system, partly on account of rising life expectancy, and mentioned these opposed wanted to face actuality.

Macron defends move to raise retirement age as protests roil France

The federal government’s use of govt powers to push the invoice by has intensified a standoff with unions, which have drawn big crowds since January however to this point didn’t get Macron to alter course.

Rail staff marched onto the tracks at Paris’s Gare de Lyon on Thursday and on the prepare station in Marseille, the place the native department of a rail workers union vowed to dam trains from working till the pension plan is withdrawn.

The nation’s civil aviation physique warned of disruptions to flights into and out of airports for Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux and Lyon, urging passengers to delay their journey and make contact with airways.

Exterior Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, protesters blocked a freeway resulting in one of many terminals of one in all Europe’s busiest airports. The blockade compelled some vacationers to succeed in the airport on foot, the French channel BFM TV reported.

As vacationer points of interest together with the Eiffel Tower and the Versailles Palace closed, Transportation Minister Clement Beaune tweeted that officers have been assembly at a disaster middle to watch public transport disruptions “hour by hour.”

Rolling strikes have additionally disrupted entry to refineries, and walkouts by trash collectors have left heaps of rubbish baggage spilling out onto the sidewalks in Paris this month.

Thursday’s industrial motion drew individuals of a wide range of ages, backgrounds and professions, with younger individuals marching shoulder-to-shoulder with older protesters nearer to retirement age.

The Schooling Ministry estimated a couple of quarter of center faculty academics and roughly 15 p.c of highschool academics went on strike. College students joined in cities together with Nantes, the place one protester held an indication that learn “Signal-makers on strike.” One other picket signal featured a drawing of a skeleton that mentioned “Lengthy dwell retirement.”

Pictures and movies from Nantes and Rennes in western France confirmed police utilizing water cannons and tear fuel, and protesters lighting trash on hearth.

French Inside Minister Gérald Darmanin has said he ordered the deployment of practically 12,000 cops, together with 5,000 in Paris on Thursday. Some earlier protests was clashes with police, who detained scores of individuals in latest days, though few have been in the end charged.

After the federal government handed the pension invoice by the decrease home of Parliament with no vote final week, the textual content now faces a overview from the Constitutional Council. Nonetheless, Macron says the legislation ought to come into impact by the top of the yr.

Since his authorities survived two no-confidence votes this week, the check now’s whether or not Macron’s dedication can outlast the unions’ skill to carry strain to bear on the streets.

“Yesterday, the president of the Republic mocked us,” said Marie Buisson, a senior official within the CGT union confederation, which is on the coronary heart of the strikes.

“We are going to proceed” even when the invoice is adopted “as a result of what we refuse is that this reform that forces everybody to work for 2 further years,” she mentioned on the radio. “You possibly can clearly see the large anger on the market.”

France protests: What to know as Macron forces a retirement-age hike

The CGT department in Marseille mentioned it estimated 280,000 individuals have been protesting Thursday within the southern port metropolis alone, whereas French media cited police as giving a far decrease estimate of 16,000 protesters in Marseille.

Labor Minister Olivier Dussopt said authorities weren’t in denial in regards to the disaster however hoped to resolve it. “There are a lot of topics which might enable for renewing a dialogue,” he mentioned, together with the way in which during which corporations share income with staff.

“I don’t imagine in any respect that from in the future to the subsequent, inside 12 to 24 hours, that we might go from a state of battle to an entente,” he added. “Issues might be carried out regularly.”



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Strikes in France introduced trains to a halt and protesters flooded the streets, clashing with police in some cities on Thursday, after President Emmanuel Macron pledged to implement laws elevating the retirement age.

Transport workers, academics and staff across the nation marched in opposition to the pension legislation, which raises the minimal retirement age by two years to 64. Riot police scuffled with protesters in cities together with Bordeaux, Rennes and Nantes, as individuals chanted and lit flares exterior Gare du Nord prepare station in Paris.

Labor unions try to lift the strain on the federal government, a day after Macron gave a tv interview that stoked their anger. The president doubled down on the pension overhaul as the easiest way to make sure the way forward for France’s beneficiant pension system, partly on account of rising life expectancy, and mentioned these opposed wanted to face actuality.

Macron defends move to raise retirement age as protests roil France

The federal government’s use of govt powers to push the invoice by has intensified a standoff with unions, which have drawn big crowds since January however to this point didn’t get Macron to alter course.

Rail staff marched onto the tracks at Paris’s Gare de Lyon on Thursday and on the prepare station in Marseille, the place the native department of a rail workers union vowed to dam trains from working till the pension plan is withdrawn.

The nation’s civil aviation physique warned of disruptions to flights into and out of airports for Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux and Lyon, urging passengers to delay their journey and make contact with airways.

Exterior Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, protesters blocked a freeway resulting in one of many terminals of one in all Europe’s busiest airports. The blockade compelled some vacationers to succeed in the airport on foot, the French channel BFM TV reported.

As vacationer points of interest together with the Eiffel Tower and the Versailles Palace closed, Transportation Minister Clement Beaune tweeted that officers have been assembly at a disaster middle to watch public transport disruptions “hour by hour.”

Rolling strikes have additionally disrupted entry to refineries, and walkouts by trash collectors have left heaps of rubbish baggage spilling out onto the sidewalks in Paris this month.

Thursday’s industrial motion drew individuals of a wide range of ages, backgrounds and professions, with younger individuals marching shoulder-to-shoulder with older protesters nearer to retirement age.

The Schooling Ministry estimated a couple of quarter of center faculty academics and roughly 15 p.c of highschool academics went on strike. College students joined in cities together with Nantes, the place one protester held an indication that learn “Signal-makers on strike.” One other picket signal featured a drawing of a skeleton that mentioned “Lengthy dwell retirement.”

Pictures and movies from Nantes and Rennes in western France confirmed police utilizing water cannons and tear fuel, and protesters lighting trash on hearth.

French Inside Minister Gérald Darmanin has said he ordered the deployment of practically 12,000 cops, together with 5,000 in Paris on Thursday. Some earlier protests was clashes with police, who detained scores of individuals in latest days, though few have been in the end charged.

After the federal government handed the pension invoice by the decrease home of Parliament with no vote final week, the textual content now faces a overview from the Constitutional Council. Nonetheless, Macron says the legislation ought to come into impact by the top of the yr.

Since his authorities survived two no-confidence votes this week, the check now’s whether or not Macron’s dedication can outlast the unions’ skill to carry strain to bear on the streets.

“Yesterday, the president of the Republic mocked us,” said Marie Buisson, a senior official within the CGT union confederation, which is on the coronary heart of the strikes.

“We are going to proceed” even when the invoice is adopted “as a result of what we refuse is that this reform that forces everybody to work for 2 further years,” she mentioned on the radio. “You possibly can clearly see the large anger on the market.”

France protests: What to know as Macron forces a retirement-age hike

The CGT department in Marseille mentioned it estimated 280,000 individuals have been protesting Thursday within the southern port metropolis alone, whereas French media cited police as giving a far decrease estimate of 16,000 protesters in Marseille.

Labor Minister Olivier Dussopt said authorities weren’t in denial in regards to the disaster however hoped to resolve it. “There are a lot of topics which might enable for renewing a dialogue,” he mentioned, together with the way in which during which corporations share income with staff.

“I don’t imagine in any respect that from in the future to the subsequent, inside 12 to 24 hours, that we might go from a state of battle to an entente,” he added. “Issues might be carried out regularly.”



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Strikes in France introduced trains to a halt and protesters flooded the streets, clashing with police in some cities on Thursday, after President Emmanuel Macron pledged to implement laws elevating the retirement age.

Transport workers, academics and staff across the nation marched in opposition to the pension legislation, which raises the minimal retirement age by two years to 64. Riot police scuffled with protesters in cities together with Bordeaux, Rennes and Nantes, as individuals chanted and lit flares exterior Gare du Nord prepare station in Paris.

Labor unions try to lift the strain on the federal government, a day after Macron gave a tv interview that stoked their anger. The president doubled down on the pension overhaul as the easiest way to make sure the way forward for France’s beneficiant pension system, partly on account of rising life expectancy, and mentioned these opposed wanted to face actuality.

Macron defends move to raise retirement age as protests roil France

The federal government’s use of govt powers to push the invoice by has intensified a standoff with unions, which have drawn big crowds since January however to this point didn’t get Macron to alter course.

Rail staff marched onto the tracks at Paris’s Gare de Lyon on Thursday and on the prepare station in Marseille, the place the native department of a rail workers union vowed to dam trains from working till the pension plan is withdrawn.

The nation’s civil aviation physique warned of disruptions to flights into and out of airports for Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux and Lyon, urging passengers to delay their journey and make contact with airways.

Exterior Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, protesters blocked a freeway resulting in one of many terminals of one in all Europe’s busiest airports. The blockade compelled some vacationers to succeed in the airport on foot, the French channel BFM TV reported.

As vacationer points of interest together with the Eiffel Tower and the Versailles Palace closed, Transportation Minister Clement Beaune tweeted that officers have been assembly at a disaster middle to watch public transport disruptions “hour by hour.”

Rolling strikes have additionally disrupted entry to refineries, and walkouts by trash collectors have left heaps of rubbish baggage spilling out onto the sidewalks in Paris this month.

Thursday’s industrial motion drew individuals of a wide range of ages, backgrounds and professions, with younger individuals marching shoulder-to-shoulder with older protesters nearer to retirement age.

The Schooling Ministry estimated a couple of quarter of center faculty academics and roughly 15 p.c of highschool academics went on strike. College students joined in cities together with Nantes, the place one protester held an indication that learn “Signal-makers on strike.” One other picket signal featured a drawing of a skeleton that mentioned “Lengthy dwell retirement.”

Pictures and movies from Nantes and Rennes in western France confirmed police utilizing water cannons and tear fuel, and protesters lighting trash on hearth.

French Inside Minister Gérald Darmanin has said he ordered the deployment of practically 12,000 cops, together with 5,000 in Paris on Thursday. Some earlier protests was clashes with police, who detained scores of individuals in latest days, though few have been in the end charged.

After the federal government handed the pension invoice by the decrease home of Parliament with no vote final week, the textual content now faces a overview from the Constitutional Council. Nonetheless, Macron says the legislation ought to come into impact by the top of the yr.

Since his authorities survived two no-confidence votes this week, the check now’s whether or not Macron’s dedication can outlast the unions’ skill to carry strain to bear on the streets.

“Yesterday, the president of the Republic mocked us,” said Marie Buisson, a senior official within the CGT union confederation, which is on the coronary heart of the strikes.

“We are going to proceed” even when the invoice is adopted “as a result of what we refuse is that this reform that forces everybody to work for 2 further years,” she mentioned on the radio. “You possibly can clearly see the large anger on the market.”

France protests: What to know as Macron forces a retirement-age hike

The CGT department in Marseille mentioned it estimated 280,000 individuals have been protesting Thursday within the southern port metropolis alone, whereas French media cited police as giving a far decrease estimate of 16,000 protesters in Marseille.

Labor Minister Olivier Dussopt said authorities weren’t in denial in regards to the disaster however hoped to resolve it. “There are a lot of topics which might enable for renewing a dialogue,” he mentioned, together with the way in which during which corporations share income with staff.

“I don’t imagine in any respect that from in the future to the subsequent, inside 12 to 24 hours, that we might go from a state of battle to an entente,” he added. “Issues might be carried out regularly.”



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Strikes in France introduced trains to a halt and protesters flooded the streets, clashing with police in some cities on Thursday, after President Emmanuel Macron pledged to implement laws elevating the retirement age.

Transport workers, academics and staff across the nation marched in opposition to the pension legislation, which raises the minimal retirement age by two years to 64. Riot police scuffled with protesters in cities together with Bordeaux, Rennes and Nantes, as individuals chanted and lit flares exterior Gare du Nord prepare station in Paris.

Labor unions try to lift the strain on the federal government, a day after Macron gave a tv interview that stoked their anger. The president doubled down on the pension overhaul as the easiest way to make sure the way forward for France’s beneficiant pension system, partly on account of rising life expectancy, and mentioned these opposed wanted to face actuality.

Macron defends move to raise retirement age as protests roil France

The federal government’s use of govt powers to push the invoice by has intensified a standoff with unions, which have drawn big crowds since January however to this point didn’t get Macron to alter course.

Rail staff marched onto the tracks at Paris’s Gare de Lyon on Thursday and on the prepare station in Marseille, the place the native department of a rail workers union vowed to dam trains from working till the pension plan is withdrawn.

The nation’s civil aviation physique warned of disruptions to flights into and out of airports for Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux and Lyon, urging passengers to delay their journey and make contact with airways.

Exterior Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, protesters blocked a freeway resulting in one of many terminals of one in all Europe’s busiest airports. The blockade compelled some vacationers to succeed in the airport on foot, the French channel BFM TV reported.

As vacationer points of interest together with the Eiffel Tower and the Versailles Palace closed, Transportation Minister Clement Beaune tweeted that officers have been assembly at a disaster middle to watch public transport disruptions “hour by hour.”

Rolling strikes have additionally disrupted entry to refineries, and walkouts by trash collectors have left heaps of rubbish baggage spilling out onto the sidewalks in Paris this month.

Thursday’s industrial motion drew individuals of a wide range of ages, backgrounds and professions, with younger individuals marching shoulder-to-shoulder with older protesters nearer to retirement age.

The Schooling Ministry estimated a couple of quarter of center faculty academics and roughly 15 p.c of highschool academics went on strike. College students joined in cities together with Nantes, the place one protester held an indication that learn “Signal-makers on strike.” One other picket signal featured a drawing of a skeleton that mentioned “Lengthy dwell retirement.”

Pictures and movies from Nantes and Rennes in western France confirmed police utilizing water cannons and tear fuel, and protesters lighting trash on hearth.

French Inside Minister Gérald Darmanin has said he ordered the deployment of practically 12,000 cops, together with 5,000 in Paris on Thursday. Some earlier protests was clashes with police, who detained scores of individuals in latest days, though few have been in the end charged.

After the federal government handed the pension invoice by the decrease home of Parliament with no vote final week, the textual content now faces a overview from the Constitutional Council. Nonetheless, Macron says the legislation ought to come into impact by the top of the yr.

Since his authorities survived two no-confidence votes this week, the check now’s whether or not Macron’s dedication can outlast the unions’ skill to carry strain to bear on the streets.

“Yesterday, the president of the Republic mocked us,” said Marie Buisson, a senior official within the CGT union confederation, which is on the coronary heart of the strikes.

“We are going to proceed” even when the invoice is adopted “as a result of what we refuse is that this reform that forces everybody to work for 2 further years,” she mentioned on the radio. “You possibly can clearly see the large anger on the market.”

France protests: What to know as Macron forces a retirement-age hike

The CGT department in Marseille mentioned it estimated 280,000 individuals have been protesting Thursday within the southern port metropolis alone, whereas French media cited police as giving a far decrease estimate of 16,000 protesters in Marseille.

Labor Minister Olivier Dussopt said authorities weren’t in denial in regards to the disaster however hoped to resolve it. “There are a lot of topics which might enable for renewing a dialogue,” he mentioned, together with the way in which during which corporations share income with staff.

“I don’t imagine in any respect that from in the future to the subsequent, inside 12 to 24 hours, that we might go from a state of battle to an entente,” he added. “Issues might be carried out regularly.”



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Strikes in France introduced trains to a halt and protesters flooded the streets, clashing with police in some cities on Thursday, after President Emmanuel Macron pledged to implement laws elevating the retirement age.

Transport workers, academics and staff across the nation marched in opposition to the pension legislation, which raises the minimal retirement age by two years to 64. Riot police scuffled with protesters in cities together with Bordeaux, Rennes and Nantes, as individuals chanted and lit flares exterior Gare du Nord prepare station in Paris.

Labor unions try to lift the strain on the federal government, a day after Macron gave a tv interview that stoked their anger. The president doubled down on the pension overhaul as the easiest way to make sure the way forward for France’s beneficiant pension system, partly on account of rising life expectancy, and mentioned these opposed wanted to face actuality.

Macron defends move to raise retirement age as protests roil France

The federal government’s use of govt powers to push the invoice by has intensified a standoff with unions, which have drawn big crowds since January however to this point didn’t get Macron to alter course.

Rail staff marched onto the tracks at Paris’s Gare de Lyon on Thursday and on the prepare station in Marseille, the place the native department of a rail workers union vowed to dam trains from working till the pension plan is withdrawn.

The nation’s civil aviation physique warned of disruptions to flights into and out of airports for Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux and Lyon, urging passengers to delay their journey and make contact with airways.

Exterior Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, protesters blocked a freeway resulting in one of many terminals of one in all Europe’s busiest airports. The blockade compelled some vacationers to succeed in the airport on foot, the French channel BFM TV reported.

As vacationer points of interest together with the Eiffel Tower and the Versailles Palace closed, Transportation Minister Clement Beaune tweeted that officers have been assembly at a disaster middle to watch public transport disruptions “hour by hour.”

Rolling strikes have additionally disrupted entry to refineries, and walkouts by trash collectors have left heaps of rubbish baggage spilling out onto the sidewalks in Paris this month.

Thursday’s industrial motion drew individuals of a wide range of ages, backgrounds and professions, with younger individuals marching shoulder-to-shoulder with older protesters nearer to retirement age.

The Schooling Ministry estimated a couple of quarter of center faculty academics and roughly 15 p.c of highschool academics went on strike. College students joined in cities together with Nantes, the place one protester held an indication that learn “Signal-makers on strike.” One other picket signal featured a drawing of a skeleton that mentioned “Lengthy dwell retirement.”

Pictures and movies from Nantes and Rennes in western France confirmed police utilizing water cannons and tear fuel, and protesters lighting trash on hearth.

French Inside Minister Gérald Darmanin has said he ordered the deployment of practically 12,000 cops, together with 5,000 in Paris on Thursday. Some earlier protests was clashes with police, who detained scores of individuals in latest days, though few have been in the end charged.

After the federal government handed the pension invoice by the decrease home of Parliament with no vote final week, the textual content now faces a overview from the Constitutional Council. Nonetheless, Macron says the legislation ought to come into impact by the top of the yr.

Since his authorities survived two no-confidence votes this week, the check now’s whether or not Macron’s dedication can outlast the unions’ skill to carry strain to bear on the streets.

“Yesterday, the president of the Republic mocked us,” said Marie Buisson, a senior official within the CGT union confederation, which is on the coronary heart of the strikes.

“We are going to proceed” even when the invoice is adopted “as a result of what we refuse is that this reform that forces everybody to work for 2 further years,” she mentioned on the radio. “You possibly can clearly see the large anger on the market.”

France protests: What to know as Macron forces a retirement-age hike

The CGT department in Marseille mentioned it estimated 280,000 individuals have been protesting Thursday within the southern port metropolis alone, whereas French media cited police as giving a far decrease estimate of 16,000 protesters in Marseille.

Labor Minister Olivier Dussopt said authorities weren’t in denial in regards to the disaster however hoped to resolve it. “There are a lot of topics which might enable for renewing a dialogue,” he mentioned, together with the way in which during which corporations share income with staff.

“I don’t imagine in any respect that from in the future to the subsequent, inside 12 to 24 hours, that we might go from a state of battle to an entente,” he added. “Issues might be carried out regularly.”



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Strikes in France introduced trains to a halt and protesters flooded the streets, clashing with police in some cities on Thursday, after President Emmanuel Macron pledged to implement laws elevating the retirement age.

Transport workers, academics and staff across the nation marched in opposition to the pension legislation, which raises the minimal retirement age by two years to 64. Riot police scuffled with protesters in cities together with Bordeaux, Rennes and Nantes, as individuals chanted and lit flares exterior Gare du Nord prepare station in Paris.

Labor unions try to lift the strain on the federal government, a day after Macron gave a tv interview that stoked their anger. The president doubled down on the pension overhaul as the easiest way to make sure the way forward for France’s beneficiant pension system, partly on account of rising life expectancy, and mentioned these opposed wanted to face actuality.

Macron defends move to raise retirement age as protests roil France

The federal government’s use of govt powers to push the invoice by has intensified a standoff with unions, which have drawn big crowds since January however to this point didn’t get Macron to alter course.

Rail staff marched onto the tracks at Paris’s Gare de Lyon on Thursday and on the prepare station in Marseille, the place the native department of a rail workers union vowed to dam trains from working till the pension plan is withdrawn.

The nation’s civil aviation physique warned of disruptions to flights into and out of airports for Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux and Lyon, urging passengers to delay their journey and make contact with airways.

Exterior Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, protesters blocked a freeway resulting in one of many terminals of one in all Europe’s busiest airports. The blockade compelled some vacationers to succeed in the airport on foot, the French channel BFM TV reported.

As vacationer points of interest together with the Eiffel Tower and the Versailles Palace closed, Transportation Minister Clement Beaune tweeted that officers have been assembly at a disaster middle to watch public transport disruptions “hour by hour.”

Rolling strikes have additionally disrupted entry to refineries, and walkouts by trash collectors have left heaps of rubbish baggage spilling out onto the sidewalks in Paris this month.

Thursday’s industrial motion drew individuals of a wide range of ages, backgrounds and professions, with younger individuals marching shoulder-to-shoulder with older protesters nearer to retirement age.

The Schooling Ministry estimated a couple of quarter of center faculty academics and roughly 15 p.c of highschool academics went on strike. College students joined in cities together with Nantes, the place one protester held an indication that learn “Signal-makers on strike.” One other picket signal featured a drawing of a skeleton that mentioned “Lengthy dwell retirement.”

Pictures and movies from Nantes and Rennes in western France confirmed police utilizing water cannons and tear fuel, and protesters lighting trash on hearth.

French Inside Minister Gérald Darmanin has said he ordered the deployment of practically 12,000 cops, together with 5,000 in Paris on Thursday. Some earlier protests was clashes with police, who detained scores of individuals in latest days, though few have been in the end charged.

After the federal government handed the pension invoice by the decrease home of Parliament with no vote final week, the textual content now faces a overview from the Constitutional Council. Nonetheless, Macron says the legislation ought to come into impact by the top of the yr.

Since his authorities survived two no-confidence votes this week, the check now’s whether or not Macron’s dedication can outlast the unions’ skill to carry strain to bear on the streets.

“Yesterday, the president of the Republic mocked us,” said Marie Buisson, a senior official within the CGT union confederation, which is on the coronary heart of the strikes.

“We are going to proceed” even when the invoice is adopted “as a result of what we refuse is that this reform that forces everybody to work for 2 further years,” she mentioned on the radio. “You possibly can clearly see the large anger on the market.”

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The CGT department in Marseille mentioned it estimated 280,000 individuals have been protesting Thursday within the southern port metropolis alone, whereas French media cited police as giving a far decrease estimate of 16,000 protesters in Marseille.

Labor Minister Olivier Dussopt said authorities weren’t in denial in regards to the disaster however hoped to resolve it. “There are a lot of topics which might enable for renewing a dialogue,” he mentioned, together with the way in which during which corporations share income with staff.

“I don’t imagine in any respect that from in the future to the subsequent, inside 12 to 24 hours, that we might go from a state of battle to an entente,” he added. “Issues might be carried out regularly.”



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