- More than one million protested across France over proposed changes the aged pension qualification age.
- The pension rule changes will raise the retirement age in France from 62 to 64.
- There have been calls for more protests next week.
Polls say most French oppose President Emmanuel Macron’s bill to increase the retirement age from 62 to 64, which he says is necessary to keep the system afloat.
More than one million people have demonstrated across France against unpopular pension reforms. Source: AAP, AP / Aurelien Morissard
Building on the strong turnout, unions swiftly called for new protests and strikes on Tuesday when the British king is scheduled to visit Bordeaux on the second day of his trip to France.
Nationwide, more than a million people joined protest marches held in cities and towns around the country on Thursday, the ministry said.
Polls say most French oppose President Emmanuel Macron’s bill to increase the retirement age from 62 to 64, which he says is necessary to keep the system afloat. Source: AAP, AP / Jean-Francois Badias
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, visiting police headquarters Thursday night as fires still burned in some Paris neighborhoods, gave assurance that security “poses no problem” and the British monarch will be “welcomed and welcomed well”.
“There are troublemakers, often extreme left, who want to take down the state and kill police and ultimately take over the institutions,” the minister said.
Their statement called for localised action this weekend and new nationwide strikes and protests on Tuesday.
Protesters march during a rally in Paris. Source: AAP, AP / Aurelien Morissard
Strikes upended travel as protesters blockaded train stations, Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, refineries and ports.
It has steadily been increasing by six months every two years.