More than 1.5 million French take part in Labor Day demonstrations

According to France 24, in the continuation of the nationwide and continuous demonstrations of the French people against the controversial law to increase the retirement age, “Laurent Berger”, the general secretary of the French Confederation of Democratic Labor (CFDT), announced that the demonstration today, Monday, May 1 (Labor Day) will be the largest demonstration in The last 30 to 40 years will be in France.

According to Laurent Berger, more than 1.5 million people will participate in Monday’s demonstration; At the same time, the French Interior Minister predicted that nearly 650,000 people will participate in today’s demonstration.

French Interior Minister Gérald Daronin announced yesterday that about 12,000 law enforcement officers will be stationed throughout France and about 5,000 officers will be stationed in Paris alone to ensure security during the May Day protests.

On April 26, French President Emmanuel Macron officially ordered the implementation of the law to increase the retirement age from 62 to 64. The official order to implement this law was issued hours after the French Constitutional Court finally approved the controversial bill after much debate.

This government bill has been faced with large and weekly demonstrations by the French people since 3 months ago, and the opposing movements of the government and labor unions also emphasized that they will continue their nationwide demonstrations after this executive order of Macron.

After France’s constitutional court upheld key clauses of the Macron government’s controversial plan, there were reports of a resurgence of mass protests in the country.

“Al Jazeera” news site also reported that on the twelfth day of nationwide protests in France, which began in mid-January, Paris witnessed labor strikes, and all the garbage was left in the main squares of Paris, and the unpleasant smell of garbage filled the atmosphere of the city. On the other hand, the maritime passenger transportation system in a part of the Rhine River in eastern France has been closed due to a workers’ strike. Also, protesters attacked the police center in the city of “Ren” and set fire to its entrance door. According to this report, the French police said that 10,000 people are expected to protest in Paris last night.

Since the beginning of the new year, 8 labor unions have gone on strike against Macron’s plan to increase the retirement age, and in the continuation of these strikes, student associations also joined the wave of these protests. With the amendments that have now been approved in the pension law, the government wants to close the impending budget gap of the pension fund. The differences were aggravated because the government implemented this text without a vote by the National Council.


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