France: Protests erupt as regime forces through higher retirement age

Source: CNN

“The French government has forced through controversial plans to raise the country’s retirement age from 62 to 64, a move likely to inflame the country’s weeks-long protest movement. French President Emmanuel Macron will trigger special constitutional powers to enact the proposed pension reform bill, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne announced Thursday in the National Assembly, which had not yet voted on the proposal. … Labor leaders in France called for new demonstrations following Borne’s announcement, with several thousand people converging at Paris’[s] Place de la Concorde and in several other cities in France on Thursday evening. ‘By resorting to [constitutional article] 49.3, the government demonstrates that it does not have a majority to approve the two-year postponement of the legal retirement age,’ tweeted Laurent Berger, head of the CFDT, one of the unions leading the protests.” (03/16/23)