Torchlit processions against French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed pension reforms were held in Lyon and Paris on Thursday.
In Lyon, footage shows the protesters marching with torches, candles, banners and placards.
“[Macron] is not hearing people’s anger. He is not aware that something very serious is happening because this is a general revolt,” said one protester.
“The reality is that a majority of French are opposed to this reform. The fight is not lost and it’s not over,” added another.
In Paris meanwhile, protesters carried banners rejecting the reforms, such as “Macron! Withdraw your project! Save and improve our pensions!” and “The city of Paris, don’t beat in.”
The protest, which was organised by France’s General Confederation of Labour (CGT) and held at the Place de la République, is part of ongoing strikes against the government’s proposed pension reform.
The nationwide strike, which started in early December, is one of the biggest to hit the country in years and has been affecting rail, road and air transportation. The action comes days after the government and unions resumed talks on pension reforms.
The proposed reforms would see an overhaul to the current pension system and entail the creation of a universal pension system instead of the current 42 different schemes. While the retirement age will remain at 62 years, workers will have to work until the age of 64 to receive their full pensions.