After a night of riots in paris and in other French cities against the pension reform adopted by decree by the Government of the President Emmanuel Macron, Due to the lack of a sufficient majority of deputies, several unions organized a new day of protests in the French capital for this Friday.
Dozens of people with flags and emblems of the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) blocked shortly after 7:00 in the morning, local time, some peripheral roads, at the height of the Door of glignancourtcausing large traffic jams.
“That must not be done. There are democratic weapons of contestation”, replied the Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmaninin an interview with the radio station RTL in which he insisted that throughout the movement against the pension reform, union demonstrations have been allowed and organized, which have taken place without incident.
On Thursday night, however, after the activation of the article 49.3 of the Constitution by the Government to bypass the vote in the National Assembly and adopt this reform by decree, the incidents multiplied for hours in Paris, as well as in Marseille, Nantes, Rennes, Lyon and other cities in the country.
Darmanin indicated that although “there were no serious incidents” because there were no fatal injuries, law enforcement had to act and made 310 arrestsof which 258 were held in the capital.
The minister explained that Rennes, Albi, Marseille or Paris, some of those who participated in these spontaneous demonstrations they tried to attack official buildings and representative offices of politicians from the macronista bloc.
In Paris they met scenes of barricades and fires with the mountains of garbage that have accumulated in half of the city’s districts due to the workers’ strike for ten days.
The head of the Interior explained that the Paris Prefecture (Government delegation) has activated the obligation to work for some of these strikers for reasons of health, after a fight with the socialist mayoress, Anne Hidalgo, that he had refused to do so.
Between now and 3:00 p.m. local time, which is the latest, The opposition will present at least two motions of censure against the government of the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Bornewhich in principle do not have much chance of prospering.
But if any of them obtained a majority in the Assembly, Borne and his Executive would fall and the political crisis could give rise to a early call for legislative elections.
The unions, which remain united in their opposition to the reform, called this Thursday for the multiplication of protest actions at the local level during this weekend, and have called for a ninth day of strikes and national demonstrations on Thursday of next week.
The head of the CGT in the railway sector, Laurent Brun, said in an interview with the radio station French Info that the objective is “for the economy to come to a standstill” and for that “you have to multiply the strikes.”
(With information from EFE)
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