France: Thousands of people demonstrated in Paris against pension reforms

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Thousands of people demonstrated on Saturday in the cold in Paris against the pension reform, responding to the call of youth organizations and the party Insubordinate France (LFI, radical left opposition).

“Resistance!”, “We are here, even if Macron doesn’t want it”: while a bill to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 is expected to be presented to the cabinet on Monday, a march led by young people, in but which was attended by people of all ages, took place between Bastille Square and Ethnos Square, without any notable incident.

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The pension plan and its key measure, raising the retirement age to 64 from the current 62, has run into a united union front and strong public hostility according to opinion polls.

This political test for President Emmanuel Macron comes at a tense economic and social time, with the French suffering the effects of high inflation, at 5.2% on average in 2022.

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The government chose to extend working time to deal with the financial deterioration of pension funds and the aging population. She defends her program by presenting it as a “carrier of social progress” mainly with increases in small pensions.

Source: News Beast

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