At least a hundred arrests were made last night in anti-government protests in France against the approval by decree of the pension reform, which increases the minimum retirement age from 62 to 64 years.
However, this number is lower than in previous days. On Thursday night, a few hours after the approval of the reform, there were more than 200 throughout the country.
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This new type of protest, organized outside of parties and unions, is more volatile and unpredictable. The number of mobilizations this Sunday is unknown at the moment.
last night at Paris there were 81 detainees at the end of a demonstration in Place d’Italieplace chosen instead of the place de la concordewhere the authorities had prohibited any protest due to the riots of previous nights.
They were joined by dozens of others arrested in the Plaza de la Concordia itself.
At the end of the march, in which slogans were heard against “authoritarianism” of Macron, there was burning of containers and erection of barricades. The police responded with tear gas to the launching of projectiles by some protesters.
In Place d’Italie it is estimated that at least 4,000 participants gathered.
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In lyons17 were arrested in a small protest of between 400 and 500 people.
Meanwhile, the pension reform has further sunk the popularity in March of the French president, Emmanuel Macronand currently only 28% of the French approve of his management, the lowest level of his mandates comparable to that of the crisis of the “Yellow Vests”, the popular revolt that in 2018 put him on the ropes.
The Executive does not show signs of backing down. Number two of him, the Minister of Economy Bruno Le Maireassured in an interview in Le Parisien that the reform “It will enter in vigor“and warned that no”will be tolerated“No violence at the protests.
The Government itself faces tomorrow, Monday, two motions of censure presented by a group of centrists and regionalists, supported by the left, and another by the extreme right.
However, both initiatives have little chance of prospering, in the event that the conservative formation The Republicans (LR) manage to maintain the voting discipline that they did not achieve on the 16th when the Executive, in a relative minority, was forced to activate article 49.3 due to the absence of a clear majority in the Assembly.
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The union strikes against the reform continue their course. Several refineries are blocked and the stoppages in the collection of garbage in Paris are felt.
Despite the fact that the Government has imposed the return of some workers for public health reasons, thousands of tons of garbage still accumulate on the sidewalks.
The Paris City Council, which supports the strike and does not cooperate with the government, estimated that the number of waste has stabilized at 10,000 tons.
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