Protests took place across France today against government plans to raise the pension age for 62 to 64.
🙌🇫🇷FRANCE – Today France Will Protest again, as Macron tries to raise the pension age. pic.twitter.com/4nJkyR12fM
— .. (@Xx17965797N) January 31, 2023
Thousands filled the streets in towns and cities demanding that president Macron drop the reforms which would see people having to work later into life.
Protest in France🇫🇷 against the Macron Regime's policies… pic.twitter.com/bHne2uUZ8n
— 𝐄𝐡𝐬𝐚𝐧 𝐒𝐚𝐟𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐣𝐚𝐝 | احسان 🇮🇷 (@Safarnejad_IR) January 31, 2023
Although president Macron is reported to have said it was “vital” to raise the current retirement age for economic reasons, polls show that a majority of French citizens oppose the move.
The French interior ministry said that over one million people took part in nationwide protests on the 19th of January last, which caused major disruption.
23 people in custody as of early evening in Paris. That’s compared to 48 last protest in Paris.
overwhelmingly, peaceful protest in Paris and around France. One bank smashed up and 1 minor flareup so far in Paris.
“Sous les pavés, le sable” pic.twitter.com/bOowNbPPpD
— Joseph Ataman (@JosephAtaman) January 31, 2023
Today’s events mark the latest in a series of mass gatherings, with teachers and aviation staff among those striking in opposition to the government.
A nationwide strike is taking place across France for the second time this month in protest of President Macron's plans to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 🇫🇷 #greve31janvier pic.twitter.com/hlZ7VvtJ6G
— Dripped Out Trade Unionists (@UnionDrip) January 31, 2023
Despite the uprising, the Macron government is so far standing firm on the issue.
Although the protests were reported to be largely peaceful, images appearing to show riot police discharging tear gas were shared online.
Paris, France – Tear gas dispersed by riot police at the scene of the protest. #greve31janvier pic.twitter.com/m3SJnb41VT
— Tara “PoAm” Szczepanski (@TaraPoAm) January 31, 2023