Unions known as for an additional ‘day of protest’ on Thursday, January ninth as their long-running battle with the French authorities over pension reform continues into its 36th day.

Those unions are demanding the federal government drop its pension reform of their greatest present of power in many years.

Protests befell in a number of cities together with Paris the place tens of thousands of employees, many from the general public sector, marched west from Place de la Republique in the direction of Place Saint-Augustin.

The hardline CGT union claimed 370,000 individuals joined the Paris protest however figures from police will probably be a lot decrease.

“Between the government’s stance of ‘We’re talking, everything is on the table’ and the reality, you have to wonder if it really intends to… take the views of unions into account,” Philippe Martinez of the hardline CGT union mentioned forward of a march in Paris.

Officials have mentioned they’re prepared to barter, specifically on the hotly contested “pivot age” of 64 the federal government has recommended individuals should work till for a full pension — past the official retirement age of 62.

As normal riot police have been out in pressure with earlier marches having been marred by vandalism and clashes with police. The Paris march started an hour later than deliberate, which unions mentioned was as a result of excessive turn-out. 

The starting of the protest was marked by tensions and minor clashes with police.

Although away from the sporadic clashes with police marchers performed music and carried banners in opposition to the federal government’s reform that opponents, together with academics, concern will see individuals working for longer and for much less reward once they retire.

There have been chants of “on ira jusqu’au retrait” that means protesters vowed to battle on till the federal government scrapped the reform.

There have been additionally marches in Marseille, Toulouse, Nantes and the south western metropolis of Bordeaux, as seen beneath, with placing rail employees on the entrance of the demo.

According to impartial estimates some 120,000 individuals took half in protests elsewhere within the nation other than Paris.

“This isn’t a reform, it’s a sellout,” learn one banner within the central metropolis of Clermont-Ferrand.


The authorities and unions will maintain a detailed eye on the turn-out across the nation which might be a big signal as as to if the motion towards the federal government’s controversial pension reform was rising or dwindling.

The quantity of marchers on latest “days of protest” have been falling since 800,000 turned out on December fifth for the primary day of the strike.

On Wednesday evening there have been additionally experiences of tens of thousands of properties being left with out energy in Dordogne and Lot-et-Garonne, with authorities blaming “malevolent acts” linked to the anti-pension reform motion.

Meanwhile on Thursday practice providers across France and public transport in Paris have been severely disrupted by the continuing strikes.

On the railways three in 5 of the traditional providers are operating on the excessive pace TGV routes and the price range Ouigo providers.

Local providers are more disrupted with one third of suburban Transilien providers operating, two in 10 Intercité routes and 4 in 10 native TER providers.

These providers symbolize a fall within the traces which have been operating in latest days, as SNCF employees are anticipated to participate in protests.

International providers together with the Eurostar are nonetheless operating a diminished service, and Eurostar has printed a diminished timetable operating till January 12th on its web site.

In Paris there’s additionally more disruption after some enhancements in latest days.


On the Metro solely traces 1 and 14 – that are automated – are operating as regular.

All different Metro traces are operating a restricted service. Lines 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 7bis, 8, 9 and 10 are operating solely through the rush hour – 6.30am to 9.30am and 4.30pm to 7.30pm. 

Lines 11 and 13 are operating solely throughout morning rush hour, traces 6 and 12 solely throughout night rush hour and line 3bis solely between 1pm and 6pm. 

All these traces have fewer providers than normal and lots of stations on the traces are be closed.

The trams have been operating just about as regular in latest days however Thursday sees a dip in providers.

Lines 2, 6, 7 and eight are operating a ‘quasi regular’ service all day. Lines 1 and 3a are suspended between 11.30am and a pair of.30pm and Line 1 will cease at 9.30pm and Line 3a will cease at 9pm. Line 3b is suspended between 11am and 3pm.

The RER suburban trains are operating from 5am to 9pm, however with considerably fewer providers than regular and three quarters of the traditional bus routes are operating.

Tourist sights in Paris have been as soon as once more affected by the strike with the Eiffel Tower closed on Thursday.
















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