Nearly One Million People Participated in Protests Over Pensions Reforms in France
- 13, February , 2023
Newstoday: According to the Global News Agency, around 1 million individuals are staging demonstrations across France to keep the government under pressure to undo the pension reforms. The demonstrators are calling on the French government to reverse its decision to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 years old and to fight for budget measures that will tax the wealthy rather than the middle class. Demonstrators told President Macron that if the pension scheme is not changed, a strike will be called on February 16, and the country's transportation system will become congested starting on March 7. On Saturday, violent protests resumed, with a car and numerous trash cans being set on fire.
For the fourth day in a row, protests were organized around the country opposing French President Emmanuel Macron's proposals to change the nation's pension system. Although police encountered resistance in several locations, protests against the administration were peaceful. According to the French interior ministry, there were around 960,000 marchers in Paris, Toulouse, Nice, Marseille Nantes, and other towns on Saturday. According to officials, 93,000 people participated in the march in Paris, which was the greatest turnout in the city's capital since protests over pension changes got underway last month. Youth and others unable to join the three-day protest march against the pension reforms were also drawn to the demonstrations.