Watch: Huge protests sweep France in response to pension law reform

Protests took place across France today against government plans to raise the pension age for 62 to 64.


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. 



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. 



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. 



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. 


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