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Rally starts in Paris against pension reform, violent groups in action

Rally starts in Paris against pension reform, violent groups in action
Violent protesters set fire to various objects, broke windows of shops

By Nur Asena Erturk

ANKARA (AA) – A rally against the government's pension reform started Tuesday afternoon in Paris, with the participation of violent groups.

This is the 10th day of planned mobilization since January, with thousands of workers protesting and walking out in various sectors, including transportation, energy, and education.

Protests were held in other cities as well, including Lyon, Rennes, and Nantes.

Violent groups infiltrated the parade in Paris and once again vandalized street furniture and set fire to various objects in the streets, according to Anadolu correspondent on the ground.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin on Tuesday evening said 13,000 police officers, including 5,500 in Paris, are deployed during those demonstrations.

The General Labor Confederation announced that 450,000 protesters gathered in Paris, according to the broadcaster BFMTV.

Police have arrested 22 people so far, the same source reported.

- Pension reform plan, source of popular furor

The French government used special constitutional powers on March 16 to force the plan through, prompting opposing parties to submit no-confidence motions that were later rejected.

Macron and Borne decided to invoke Article 49.3 of the constitution, a mechanism that lets the government adopt a draft bill without parliamentary approval.

The decision was driven by fear that lawmakers would be able to block the reforms as the government does not hold an absolute majority in the legislature.

The government revealed the reform project in January and parliament started examining and debating the draft bill the following month.

Workers and trade unions have since expressed growing outrage by holding demonstrations and walkouts.

The reform project includes raising the retirement age from 62 to 64 by 2030, requiring at least 43 years of work to be eligible for a full pension.

* Umit Donmez in Paris contributed to this story.

source: News Feed
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