Incidents at various demonstrations against the pension reform in France


As in Paris, the demonstrations in other cities of the French state, such as Rennes, Nantes, Bordeaux or Lorient, have degenerated into incidents.

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The demonstration this Thursday against the pension reform in Paris It was marred by fierce clashes between protesters and law enforcement, the destruction of street furniture and commercial shop windows.

Black-clad hooded individuals a few hundred yards ahead of the union march fired projectiles at law enforcement officials, who responded with tear gas during the route between the Place de la Bastille and the Opera where the march is scheduled to end.

At some points, they started fires by using the rubbish that has accumulated in the streets as a result of the collection strike that has lasted for more than two weeks, forcing the firefighters to intervene. By mid-afternoon, police sources indicated that 14 arrests had been made.

Parallel to these riots, the union parade passed peacefully 800,000 participantsaccording to the first figures from the CGT, which, if confirmed, would be the largest concentration since protests against the pension reform began on January 19.

As in Paris, the demonstrations have also degenerated into incidents in other cities in the French state, such as Rennes, Nantes, Bordeaux or Lorient.

Major union leaders have distanced themselves from the acts of violence and condemned them, while accusing the president, Emmanuel Macron, of relying on them to discredit the strength of their demonstrations.

France is experiencing its ninth day of protests against a bill that postpones the minimum retirement age by two years, to 64, which was finally approved on Monday after two no-confidence motions against the government failed, one of which was defeated by just nine votes.

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Source: EITB


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