The unions have announced that next Saturday there will be new demonstrations during the reforms of the pension system
With strikes and demonstrations, the French unions expressed for the third time in the last fortnight their opposition to the reform of the country’s pension system promoted by the government, and in particular to the proposed increase in the retirement age from 62 to 64.
The strike movements were particularly noticeable in the transport, education and large state and private enterprises sectors. Rallies and demonstrations took place again in around two dozen French cities, with the left-wing CGT union estimating the number of demonstrators at around 2 million, slightly fewer than the previous demonstrations on January 29.
Today’s gatherings were, like the previous ones, supposedly peaceful, although in Paris after the end of the march from Opéra Square to Bastille Square, there were clashes between far-left demonstrators and police forces. The unions have announced that next Saturday there will be new demonstrations during the reforms of the pension system, which is currently the subject of consultation in the French National Assembly.
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