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France: Clashes Erupt in Lyon in Latest Round of Anti-Pension Reforms Strike

Police used tear gas on protesters as clashes erupted on Thursday in Lyon during the latest round of strikes against pension reforms.

Dozens of police officers in riot gear can be seen charging towards protesters as tear gas billows near the Manufacture des Tabacs area of Lyon.

Thousands of members of the National Trade Union (CGT) joined the protest waving banners, flags and chanting anti-government slogans.

The CGT reported 8,000 people at the march whilst the police reported an estimated 5,300 people.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced a two-year-extension of the working period necessary to earn a full pension in December, triggering the anger of workers and trade unions. The reforms attempt to overhaul France’s pension system into a universal system that will see pay-outs calculated from whole careers rather than the current last five years of activity. The pension age will also be increased from 62 to 64.

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