The country’s eight labor unions staged protests across France against the proposal to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64. They were joined by students from ordinary French to school and college students.
Thursday’s protest saw the largest turnout since the 1980s. According to the activists, around two million people across France participated in this movement. Only in the capital Paris was the presence of about 400,000 people. A large number of policemen were deployed at various important places in Paris to avoid any untoward incident. From the historic Place de la République in Paris to the Bastille, the entire area was occupied by the protesters. Police arrested thirty people.
On this day, almost all types of public transport in France, including long-distance buses and trains, were closed. Besides, more than a hundred flights were cancelled.
In addition to the capital Paris, there were simultaneous movements and protests in major cities of France including Marseille, Leo, Lille, Toulouse, Nice. In short, on this day, the public life of France came to a standstill.
Analysts said Thursday’s move was a major blow to the Macron administration.
It should be noted that on January 10, French Prime Minister Elizabeth Bourne raised the proposal to increase the retirement age in the national parliament, and eight labor unions unitedly called for this movement.