France: Macron issues pension reforms, protests and clashes in Paris – Politics

France: Macron issues pension reforms, protests and clashes in Paris – Politics

The President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, issued a pension reform law, including postponing the legal retirement age to 64 years. And it was published in the Official Gazette today, after the Constitutional Council approved the text yesterday.

The French Constitutional Council gave the green light to the main provisions of the pension reform, in particular the most controversial article, which is the article that raises the retirement age from 62 to 64 years. The “wise men” also rejected the request of 250 French opposition deputies to hold a joint initiative referendum on reforming the pension system. In Paris, the anti-reform protest was renewed, with clashes, smoke bombs and electric bicycles blazing.

french president, Emmanuel Macron, pension reform will be issued within 48 hours: This is what was reported by BFMTV after the green light from the Constitutional Council.

The government “takes note of the decision of the Constitutional Council.”With this reform, our pension system will be balanced in 2030“,” reads it in a press release issued by the French government, which confirms that “out of 36 articles in the draft law, 30 have been fully validated, 2 have been partially validated and 4 have been considered “social knights”, that is, they are not included in the Social Security Financing Act. This can be read in a statement from the services of the Prime Minister, Elizabeth Bourne.


French unions appeal to Macron lest the law be passed. The Social Partners will not accept meetings with the Executive before May 1st.

Melenchon: “The struggle over pensions continues”
After the French wise men greenlighted pension reform, the radical left-wing leader, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, condemned a resolution that showed the Constitutional Council “is more concerned with the needs of the presidential monarchy than with the needs of the sovereign people. The fight continues. We need to gather strength.”

Le Pen: ‘The fate of pension reform has not been decided’
“If the decision of the Constitutional Council closes the institutional hierarchy, the political fate of reforming the pension system is not determined”: Marine Le Pen commented on the decision of the Constitutional Council that approved a large part of the reform of the French government. “The people always have the last word – continued Le Pen – it will be up to the people to prepare the alternative that will return to this useless and unjust reform”.

Demonstrations everywhere, 112 stopped in Paris

Spontaneous demonstrations and impromptu demonstrations in the name of anger this evening are everywhere in France, with a bit of violence on the sidelines. In Rennes, the door of a police station was set on fire, in Paris there were numerous clashes with the police, burning of boxes and acts of vandalism, and the final 112 arrests. And in Paris, the demonstrations continued in various neighborhoods of the city until late in the evening, after they began in the afternoon after the announcement of the decision of the Constitutional Council, which approved a large part of the reform of the pension system.

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The events began on the Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, where about 4,000 demonstrators had gathered to protest, and then continued on the Avenue de Rivoli, up to the Place de la Republique. Other groups of young people left in procession from Gare Saint-Lazare. Around 9 p.m., incidents and police accusations occurred in several districts of the capital. Incidents in Rennes, where the door of a police station and later the entrance to the conference center of the historic Jacobin monastery were set on fire. Demonstrations and marches were held in Lille, Dijon, Caen, Marseille, Nice and Toulouse.

In Marseille, demonstrators took to the platforms of Saint-Charles station, where trains have been suspended. In Strasbourg, several hundred spontaneous demonstrations were held that ended in violence and tear gas from the police. Incidents also occurred in Bordeaux, Lyon and Grenoble, where clashes took place between demonstrators and the police.

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