There is another strike in France on Tuesday: authorities expected some 650,000 to 900,000 participants for the tenth day of nationwide protests. Significantly higher participation from pupils and students was also expected.
The unions again called for strikes and demonstrations this Tuesday against President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial pension reform. The protests, which have been peaceful for weeks, have recently been overshadowed by mass violence and clashes. In Paris, police asked owners to close their shops along the demonstration route.
Macron pushed text through without voting
The protests are directed against the gradual increase of the retirement age from 62 to 64 years. With the reform, the middle government wants to close an imminent gap in the pension fund. The dispute worsened as the government pushed through the text without a vote by the National Assembly. Just a week ago, two no-confidence motions in the government failed. The reform has therefore succeeded. It will now be reviewed by the Constitutional Council. Macron wants the reform to take effect by the end of the year.
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