Pension reform passed without a vote in the French Assembly, at the behest of President Emmanuel Macron.
The French are back in the streets
For the 11th time, mass demonstrations broke out in Rennes and Nice as well as in different cities across the country against the controversial reform of the government. The reform will raise the retirement age from 62 to 64.
Employees from sectors such as education, transportation and energy went on strike across the country. Police teams used tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Security forces on alert
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Twitter that 11,500 police and gendarmes were deployed in demonstrations across the country.
French intelligence predicts that between 600,000 and 800,000 protesters will participate in the demonstrations.
High school students also participated
It was noted that the demonstration in Paris is also expected to start in the afternoon. High school students who opposed the reform in different cities of the country such as Vanves and Grenoble also closed the entrance to their schools.
They cut off the electricity to the governor’s office.
On the other hand, the energy arm of the General Business Union (CGT) announced that it cut the electricity of the Rhone Governorate to activate the government.
In a written statement from the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes and Rhone Governorate, it was confirmed that the electricity in the neighborhood where the governorship is located was cut off in the morning.
In a statement, the governorship condemned this action undertaken by CGT Energie and announced that it would file a complaint within the day.
Pension reform crisis
The demonstrations in France, which started on 16 March, continue after the government’s decision to pass the bill, which includes increasing the retirement age from 62 to 64, without voting.
Violence is taking place in many parts of the country between the protesters and the police, who violently intervened in the demonstrations.
More than 1,000 people have been detained in protests across the country since March 16.
The unions’ pension reform talks with French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne had no results yesterday.