French officials said over 1.2 million people reportedly protested on Tuesday, March 7 during demonstrations across the country against pension reforms
Protests in France continue as people took to the streets to fight against the government’s plan to raise the pension age to 64.
According to Reuters, train services were disrupted in the country and schools were shit, while fuel deliveries had been suspended.
This action by the protestors is expected to continue on Wednesday, March 8 as well as unions in France seek to pressure the government against this decision, which has been “hugely unpopular” among the people.
The French interior minister said “Around 1.28 million people took to the streets on Tuesday in demonstrations across the country”, as this has been the highest turnout of protestors so far.
French unions have warned that strikes could continue on for days, at least in some of the sectors such as the oil refineries at Total Energies.
“The real fight starts now,” said Marin Guillotin, FO union representative at the Donges refinery.
He added, “We haven’t been heard or listened to. We are using the only means we have left: It’s the hard strike … we are not going to give up.”
The SNCF and RATF stated that the train service will experience disruption on Wednesday as well as the metro service in Paris.
Union leaders in France have also announced that another set of protests will take place on Saturday, as they urge President Emmanuel Macron to not drop the reform.
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