Paris spends a night of violent protests
Paris has experienced a second night of violent protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reform.
Protesters clashed with police in violent protests that began Thursday evening. Police forces used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the citizens.
French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said at least 310 people were arrested overnight, most of them in Paris.
Emmanuel Macron plans to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64. The proposed change requires workers to pay more into the system, while denying a full pension to those who retire at age 64 without working for 43 years.
The plan has been promoted as central to Macron’s vision to make the French economy more competitive, but unions have opposed it and called the retirement age extension a “denial of democracy”.
“How can they force a person who also does night shift to work for two more years. It is shameful,” said a citizen.
“I have been retired for a year and a half. But the last two years in my work as a midwife in the hospital have seemed very difficult and tiring,” says another.
The strike in France paralyzed public transport and disrupted garbage collection, while protesters clashed with police in several cities.