France Pension Protests: A Crowd And Police Brawl Over A Government Decree Reform- Police fired tear gas to disperse the thousands of protesters who set fires and some of whom tossed firecrackers at them.
Since President Emmanuel Macron chose to enact the divisive measures to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 without a vote, there have been two nights of disturbance.
In response, his government has been the target of no-confidence motions.
Both the far-right National Rally party and independent lawmakers from the left-leaning Nupes coalition in parliament signed the first.
Early next week, both are anticipated to be discussed.
The decision to push through the pension changes was referred to as “a terrible failure for the administration” by Marine Le Pen, the head of the National Rally MPs in parliament.
Police made dozens of arrests during the unrest at Place de la Concorde, not far from the parliament building.
One protester told “We won’t give up. There is still a chance that the change will be overturned.
Another told Reuters that rushing the measure through without a vote was “a violation of democracy a total denial of what has been happening in the streets for several weeks”.
According to the administration, pension reforms are necessary to ensure that the system is not overextended and keep it from collapsing.
But, a lot of people, including union members, are against it, and there have been strikes and acrimonious political debates in France for more than two months now.
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Transport, public services, and educational institutions have all been impacted, and hundreds of tonnes of trash have been left on the city’s streets as a result of waste collectors’ continuous walkouts.
Moreover, fuel deliveries have been halted, and a major refinery in Normandy is expected to halt operations soon.
“Changing the government or prime minister will not put out this fire, only withdrawing the reform,” said the head of the moderate CFDT union, Laurent Berger.
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