Thousands Of Angry People Protest On The Streets Of Paris Against Pension Reforms By French President Emmanuel Macron To Raise Retirement Age
Millions are furious at President Emmanuel Macron as he attempts to increase the retirement age from 62 to 64, bringing France more into line with many of its EU neighbours and the UK, where the state pension age is 66.
Our candidate for the biblical ‘man of sin’ Emmanuel Macron is under siege at the moment, engaged in a massive battle with French protesters on the streets of Paris over his proposed pension reforms. Say what you will about Macron, but tension, strife and anger seems to follow him just about everywhere he goes, he just has that certain, special ‘Je ne sais quoi’ that makes him someone special in these end times we find ourselves in.
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” 2 Thessalonians 2:3 (KJB)
The current riots against Emmanuel Macron and his draconian policies in now in its 6th wave, and has lasted for the past many weeks of the new year. Laurent Berger, the secretary-general of the CFDT union, said that based on initial figures, the numbers of demonstrators nationwide are expected to be the biggest since the beginning of the movement in January. All oil shipments in the country have been halted on Tuesday amid strikes at the refineries of TotalEnergies, Esso-ExxonMobil and Petroineos groups, according to the CGT.
Violence erupts in Paris as protesters clash with riot cops and thousands take to the streets over Macron’s hated pension reforms
FROM THE DAILY MAIL UK: Macron is is facing his biggest standoff with France’s trade unions since coming to power in 2017, as his flagship proposal hangs in the balance. Today marks the sixth day of nationwide strikes since mid-January, and could surpass the largest protests so far, with more than 1.27 million gathering on January 31.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said some 11,000 police were mobilised across the country, including some 5000 in Paris alone.
French unions promised the biggest protests yet with trains coming to a halt, fuel deliveries being disrupted and schools shut in response to government plans to raise the pension age. Strikes led to numerous public services and businesses being shut down on Tuesday, including oil refineries. Jean-Luc Melenchon, the hard-Left politician who came third in last year’s presidential election, was among those out on the Paris march. He called for all Left Wing parties to ‘unite, and stand up to the reforms’.
Clashes are intensifying in Paris as workers protest against the government’s pension reform plans. Video footage shows riot police using tear gas and batons to repress protesters who are responding with pyrotechnics and anything else they can get their hands on. #grevedu7mars pic.twitter.com/3yOoQzOldx
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Authorities were bracing themselves with at least 260 demonstrations expected across the country, with police anticipating as many as 1.4 million taking part.
‘The strike has begun everywhere… with deliveries blocked from all the refineries this morning,’ said Eric Sellini, branch coordinator for national trade union body CGT.
The group launched a similar blockade last autumn that eventually saw petrol stations running out of fuel. Transport workers are also striking. A fifth of flights were cancelled at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris and about a third of flights at Orly Airport, it was reported today. Thousands of UK travellers have been hit by the disruption, with dozens of flights and trains cancelled and ferries were delayed.
The government is hoping to rush through the reforms, which it hopes could be adopted by parliament by the end of March, with the changes slated to come into force in September. The law also stiffens the requirements for a full pension and would abolish privileges enjoyed by some public-sector employees, such as those at the Paris Metro. After initially claiming it was intended to make the system fairer, Macron’s government has now conceded the move is designed to increase savings. READ MORE
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