Chaos in France as police fire tear gas at ‘800,000’ pension protesters


There has been fresh chaos across France today with protestors clashing with police, as over a million people demonstrated against the controversial pension reforms pushed through parliament last week.

Firemen had to put out flames which were engulfing the front door of the town hall there, as crowds of protestors watched on.


In Paris, police fired teargas and baton-charged crowds on the Grands Boulevards thoroughfare, while some protestors were seen throwing rocks and even shooting fireworks at police.

Fires were lit and have been blazing into the night, with pallets and piles of uncollected rubbish set ablaze, leading firefighters and even local residents to intervene,reported Daily Mail.

Pension reform: French government will not ‘yield to violence’ Macron says

French President Emmanuel Macron strongly condemned violence that erupted in Thursday’s demonstrations against raising the French retirement age and said he would not give in to it.

“We will yield nothing to violence, I condemn violence with the utmost strength,” Macron told a news conference, after an EU Summit in Brussels, on Friday.

Macron is under pressure to find a way out of a crisis that has seen some of France’s worst street violence in years over a pension bill he has pushed through parliament without a vote.

Strikes have caused widespread disruption in France, yet Macron vowed the government would continue with the “democratic process” to legalise the reform, which is now being examined by France’s highest constitutional authority.

“The pension reform is before the Constitutional Council and it is obvious that we will wait for the decision of the Constitutional Council,” Macron said. “We continue to move forward, France cannot be at a standstill.”

The head of state also said he was ready to talk to union leaders once the Constitutional Council has made its decision on the pension reform bill.

“I have indicated our availability to move forward on issues such as professional decline, the end of careers, retraining, career development, working conditions, and remuneration in certain sectors,” he said.

“I am at the disposal of the joint unions if they wish to come and meet me to make progress on all these subjects.”

As protests are expected to continue next week, a planned state visit to France from Britain’s King Charles III has been postponed.



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