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France: Thousands March in Paris Against Pension Reform Move

Thousands of union members and activists protested in Paris on Tuesday against the government’s decision to push through its pension reform bill by decree without a parliamentary vote.

Protesters could be seen marching through the streets with various anti-capitalism and anti-government flags and banners, as riot police kept them at bay. At least one protester was injured and escorted to hospital by ambulance.

Several unions joined forces in calling the protest today, following the decision of the French government to invoke the use of Article 49.3, allowing them to force the bill through without consulting parliament.

Founder of New Anti-Capitalist Party, Olivier Besancenot, said, “What revolts me obviously is that the bill will not even be voted in parliament.” He vowed to “continue the fight until the end, until the outright withdrawal of the draft reform law.”

The government’s pension reform bill, which ignited one of the largest waves of protests in French history, began being debated in the National Assembly on the 17th of February. The reform aims to unite 42 specific pension regimes into a single points-based system.

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