Illustration photo – Demonstrations in Paris against the French government's planned pension reform, February 7, 2023.
Paris – In cities across France today, the fourth round of demonstrations against of the pension reform proposal, which includes raising the threshold for retirement by two years. French media say authorities expect hundreds of thousands of people to attend, but less than a million protesters. Unlike previous mobilizations, today's is not connected with a call for a strike by railway workers.
The first three protest days in the second half of January and this Tuesday brought significant disruption to public transport, school teaching or the operation of the energy sector. Demonstrations against the government's plan reached their peak on January 31, when police recorded a total of 1.27 million protesters, while unions said 2.8 million.
240 demonstrations have been announced today, BFMTV television reported. According to her, the trade unionists hope that they will be able to get those who cannot participate in the protests during the week to the streets. Security forces expect 600,000 to 800,000 people to take part in the demonstrations on the fourth day, of which 90,000 to 120,000 will be in Paris.
The protest movement is responding to a pension reform proposal in January, which follows French President Emmanuel Macron's long-term effort to reshape the pension system. system of France. According to the president and the government supported by him, the French will have to work longer in the future, because the current system with a retirement age of 62 is unprofitable. Amid protests in the streets, the government's plan is being discussed at the plenary session of the lower house of parliament, which has until the end of next week to consider the proposal.