France: Nationwide strikes as unions fight Emmanuel Macron’s retirement age reforms

Source: ABC News [Australian state media]

“French workers went on strike and joined marches across the country on Thursday, halting trains and cutting electricity production in a nationwide day of protest against government plans to raise the retirement age by two years to 64. … Train drivers, teachers and refinery workers were among those who walked off their jobs. France Inter radio ran its music playlist instead of its usual programming, and bus drivers and civil servants also went on strike. Only between one-in-three and one-in-five high-speed TGV train lines were operating, with barely any local or regional trains running, the national rail operator said.” (01/19/23)