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France: Tenth Day of National Protests Against Pension Reform

After more than 60 days of struggle, French workers are not willing to give up their rights.

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The French unions are carrying out the tenth day of a general strike against the bill for the pension reform proposed by President Emmanuel Macron .

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“We will not give up because we are convinced of the correctness of our analysis. This project will be a danger in the coming decades,” the Labor Force (FO) secretary Yves Veyrier said.

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On Feb. 17, Macron handed his bill to the National Assembly, where his party, the Republic in March (LREM), has a large majority. Its first vote is scheduled for early March.

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Today’s strike is actively supported by teachers, health workers, lawyers, and railroad personnel. There are also demonstrations in different cities where citizens demand the total withdrawal of the bill

France: Paris: L’Opera: #GiletsJaunes people’s assembly agree to continue with the #greve against the pension reform. They break into the now famous protest song “…on est la…on est la…” even if Macron doesn’t like it they are going to be there up to & until they retire! https://t.co/92hromC4P4

— Residents Corner (@ResidentsCorner) February 19, 2020 Through the new law, President Macron seeks to merge 42 different pension schemes into a single pension system. These schemes offer early retirement and other benefits to some public sector workers, lawyers, physiotherapists, employees of the Paris Opera, and other professionals

After several weeks of intense demonstrations, the French government withdrew its proposal to increase the minimum retirement age to 64 years, an issue that caused outrage among citizens

Nevertheless, Macron insists on making changes to the pension system to achieve what he calls a “more equitable and solvent” retirement system

French workers hold that the proposed reforms would force the population to work longer for a smaller pension, which would be a setback of their rights