More than a million people took to the streets to protest France’s pension reform
Over one million people took to the streets against raising the retirement age in France, the country’s Interior Ministry said. This is reported by the French newspaper Le Parisien.
At the same time, according to the General Confederation of Labor (CGT), more than 3.5 million people took part in the protests. In particular, the French Interior Ministry counted 119,000 protesters in Paris, while the BKT announced 800,000 protesters on the streets of the capital.
The publication notes that during the demonstrations, at least 123 police officers and gendarmes were injured.
In France, mass street protests against pension reform have been taking place since the end of January. As French President Emmanuel Macron said, in order to maintain the same standard of living and receive pensions against the backdrop of the crisis, the French will have to work harder. The pension reform project envisages a gradual increase in the retirement age from 62 to 65 by 2031. Marine Le Pen, leader of the right-wing Rally National party faction in the French parliament, warned that the French government had created the conditions for a “social explosion” among citizens.