Today is the tenth day of strikes and demonstrations against pension reform in France

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Today is the tenth day of strikes and demonstrations against pension reform in France

Pending the approval of the pension reform by the Constitutional Council, the unions do not want to give President Macron a truce.

A hand extended to the trade unions and a strong hand to the left opposition, whom he accuses of inciting street violence, is the position of the French president, Emmanuel Macronfacing the political crisis and facing the tenth day of demonstrations and strikes against his pension reform.

The head of state met his troops at the Élysée on Monday, encouraging them to do so negotiate with trade unions looking for a way out of the equation in which the French state is entrenched, which is to try to end the protests without withdrawing its controversial reform.

The union leaders don’t seem ready to ease the pressure for now, given the good reception their rallies have, which are on par with the most recorded in this state in terms of mobilization.

He last Thursdayon the first day of protest after the adoption of the text without a parliamentary vote, they took to the streets 3.5 million people, according to his accounts just over a million, according to those of the Executive, in both cases at the level of the record reached on March 7. Pending the approval of the pension reform by the Constitutional Council, the central authorities do not want to give the president any respite.

Parallel to the strikes and demonstrations, which Macron considers legitimate, the French state is waiting for the violence which is beginning to settle in them, which have served as cross-attack material between the government and the opposition.

The president is targeting the leftist La Francia Insumisa de Jean-Luc Melenchonwhom he accused of weaving “a political project that seeks to delegitimize reasonable order, the institutions and their instruments”.

The scenes of violence that took place last week in Paris and in some cities of the country have penetrated public opinion, which recalled the most serious incidents in 2019 that sparked the yellow vests, a radicalism that eventually led them to lose control of street support.

The far left claims that Macron is again betting on violence taking over the demonstrations to discredit the purpose of his struggle.

The tension continues at a high level and at the same time the president’s popularity continues to decline. The latest poll, published by RTL radio, sees it down six points and only 28% of the population now think its action is positive, the lowest level since November 2018, in the early stages of the yellow vests.

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Source: EITB

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