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Protest against …………..
On Thursday, as part of a nationwide day of protests against President Emmanuel Macron and his plan to raise the pension age, French workers blocked access to a terminal at Paris’ main airport, forcing some passengers to walk there.
Wildcat actions by small groups of protesters blocked roads and access to schools and universities at Roissy-Charles De Gaulle airport and across the country, while protesters gathered with banners reading “No to the Pension Reform.”France has been hit by nationwide protests after President Emmanuel Macron refused to back down on proposed changes to the country’s pension system. The protests, which took place on March 23, 2023, saw thousands of people take to the streets in cities across the country.
The proposed changes to the pension system would raise the retirement age from 62 to 64, and would also introduce a points-based system for calculating pensions. While the government argues that these changes are necessary to ensure the long-term sustainability of the pension system, many workers and unions feel that they are being unfairly targeted. The protests were largely peaceful, but there were reports of clashes between protesters and police in some areas. The police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse crowds in Paris, Marseille, and other cities.
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Challenges faced by them…………..
The protests come after months of negotiations between the government and unions failed to reach a compromise on the pension reforms. President Macron has defended the changes, saying that they are necessary to address the country’s aging population and ensure that future generations can still rely on the pension system.
However, many workers and unions are concerned that the changes will make it harder for people to retire, particularly those in physically demanding jobs. They argue that the proposed changes will disproportionately affect lower-income workers and that the government should instead focus on increasing contributions from the wealthy.
The protests are expected to continue in the coming weeks, with unions calling for more strikes and demonstrations. The government has said that it remains open to dialogue with unions, but has made it clear that it will not back down on the proposed changes to the pension system.
Protest in France and Yellow Vest Moment
The current protests in France are considered to be next to the challenge presented by the Yellow Vest revolt in 2018. The Yellow Vest revolt, also known as the Yellow Vest movement, was a series of protests and demonstrations that took place in France starting in November 2018. The movement was named after the high-visibility yellow vests worn by protesters and was initially sparked by anger over rising fuel prices and the cost of living in France.
The protests quickly grew into a wider movement, with participants from a range of backgrounds and with diverse grievances. Protesters accused President Emmanuel Macron’s government of failing to address issues such as income inequality, high taxes, and a lack of job security. The movement gained support across France with demonstrators taking to the streets in major cities and blocking highways and toll booths.
The protests were marked by clashes with police, vandalism, and arson. Several people were injured, and there were also reports of deaths and serious injuries resulting from clashes between protesters and police. The movement put pressure on President Macron, who responded by announcing a series of concessions, including a suspension of the fuel tax hike that initially sparked the protests. However, the Yellow Vest movement continued, with protesters calling for broader reforms and greater social justice.
The movement has since lost momentum, with the number of protesters dwindling and demonstrations becoming less frequent. However, it remains an important moment in French political history, highlighting the growing divide between the country’s political elites and the working-class citizens who feel left behind by the system. The Yellow Vest movement has also inspired similar movements in other countries, including Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany.