Demonstrators set to paralyse France in massive pension reform protests

March 08, 2023

France’s trade unions were headed for a crucial face-off with President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, with fresh strikes and protests planned against a controversial pensions reform he has championed. More than a million expectedFrom Tuesday, unions have warned of rolling strikes on public transport that could paralyse parts of the country for weeks on end. ‘Need to work longer’The government has argued that the changes are crucial to lift France’s pensions system out of deficit by 2030. The proposals would bring France closer into line with its European neighbours, most of which have retirement ages of 65 or higher. Monday’s Senate debate dragged on until after 3 am Tuesday morning, with the body’s right-leaning majority shooting down alternative proposals for funding the pensions system fielded by the left.