the streets of Francefrom small towns to the capital, continue to be the scene of protests that take place daily in rejection of the pension reform approved this week by the Executive of Emmanuel Macron.
This Thursday, in what was the ninth consecutive day of demonstrations, the unions – at the head of the demands – celebrated the strong call for the marches, a record since its beginning on January 19.
As they commented, some 3.5 million people They joined from different parts of the country, organized in 300 concentrations. Of this total, some 119,000 correspond only to Pariswhere tourists visiting the famous capital of the Eiffel Tower stumble upon these unusual postcards.
“The union movement shows the determination of the world of work and youth to obtain the withdrawal of the reform”union leaders said.
However, what began as a peaceful meeting point, became distorted as the hours passed and led to clashes with the police, who had to suppress the people with tear gas.
The riots included the burning mountains of garbage still without picking up on the sidewalks, 123 wounded gendarmes and some 80 people arrestedspecified the minister of the portfolio of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin.
After the call with highest attendance in the history of Paristhe unions redoubled the bet and called intensify measures of forceat a time that they consider key to getting the Executive to back down on the project.
To do this, they called for a new takeover of the streets next Tuesdayjust when they will be visiting France on King Charles III and the queen consort, Camillafrom United Kingdom.
The monarch plans to make his first trip abroad since his accession to the throne and will visit not only the country’s capital but also the city of Bordeaux -to the southwest- so the protests will surely spread throughout the nation again.
From Buckingham Palace they have denied versions that, earlier, questioned the trip and, on the contrary, they affirmed “not being aware of any change of plans” in the visit as a result of these protests.
The number of adherents to these marches increased significantly after, on the 20th, the Macron Executive decided to approve the controversial pension reform that seeks to raise the minimum age for it from 62 to 64 years.
For this, he used the article 49.3 of the Constitution that he was granted the green light without the need to open a debate in Parliament, even despite being aware of the great discontent that it aroused in the population and the warnings from the unions.
Although the project is still pending the opinion of the Constitutional Council, days ago Macron offered a series of interviews on television in which he assured that will come into force at the end of the year and the defended as a fundamental pillar to reach a viable budget. The workers considered that with this move he only “thrown a can of gasoline on the fire.”
Lastly, this week, the ruling party successfully evaded a motion of censure that the opposition had presented on its part and that could have shaken the stability of its management.
(With information from AFP, AP and EFE)
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