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Police fire tear gas at protesters in Paris


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Paris, February 7 – Police used tear gas at a demonstration against pension reform in Paris, and arrests began, a the News Agency correspondent reported from the scene.
Black Bloc militants began protests against raising the retirement age in Paris by throwing fireworks and bottles at police and building barricades. In response, the police used tear gas to disperse the protesters. The first arrests began.
Earlier, extremists began to destroy windows in cafes and shops, set fire to rubbish bins, and smash billboards.
The third large-scale protest against pension reform in Paris. According to the General Labor Confederation (CGT), 400,000 people participate in it. Participants included representatives from various industries, students, members of the university community, doctors, left-wing and youth organizations, and supporters of the “yellow vest” movement. Carrying banners of the leading French trade unions (CFDT, CGT, FO, CFE-CGC, CFTC, Unsa, Solidaires, FSU), the demonstrators chanted slogans “Pension at 60!” “,” Macron, hands off our pensions “,” No reform without universal approval “,” Raising wages, not the retirement age. Earlier, demonstrations began in the major French cities of Rennes, Montpellier, Marseille, Bordeaux and Strasbourg. More than 200 demonstrations will be held in France on Tuesday.

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The day before, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin had said that 11,000 police, 4,000 of them in Paris, would maintain order in demonstrations against pension reform. The demonstrations were accompanied by strikes in a number of sectors of the economy. The Paris metro, commuter trains and high-speed intercity trains were disrupted. More than half of Total Energy’s refinery workers also went on strike, disrupting French oil production on Tuesday. According to BFMTV, about a million workers in the education sector are also on strike.
On Monday, the majority of deputies in the French National Assembly rejected the proposal of the left-wing coalition, the Ecological and Social People’s Union (Nupes), to hold a referendum on the pension reform project. French trade unions have already announced that they plan to hold their next national manifestation on Saturday 11 February.
French Prime Minister Elizabeth Born on January 10 presented a draft reform of the controversial pension system, which the government plans to adopt in 2023. According to her, the authorities will begin to raise the retirement age in the country by three months annually from September 1, 2023. Thus, By 2030 he will be 64 years old.
The first nationwide strike against pension reform took place across France on January 19 – more than 200 demonstrations were held on this day, called by eight prominent French trade unions. The largest events took place in Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Lille and Nantes. According to the country’s Ministry of the Interior, more than a million people took part in it, including 80 thousand in Paris. 38 people have been arrested. The second nationwide strike against raising the retirement age, held on January 31, was attended by 2.8 million people, 87,000 of them in Paris, according to the CGT (CGT) union.

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