In France, social tensions related to the government’s plans to introduce a pension reform have not subsided. 175 police officers were injured in clashes between demonstrators and police, the French interior ministry said.
Protests against the pension reform in France On Tuesday, they once again led to riots in many cities. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin tweeted on Tuesday evening that 175 of the 13,000 police and gendarmes on duty on Tuesday were injured.
On Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of people protested again against President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reform, which raises the retirement age from 62 to 64. The Ministry of the Interior reported about 740,000 participants across the country.
More than two million people took part in the protest, according to the CGT trade union. The protests, which had been peaceful for many weeks, have recently seen massive violence and clashes.
The French against the pension reform
Polls show that the vast majority of French people oppose the pension law, as well as the form of its adoption. The government took advantage of Art. 49.3 of the constitution, which allows him to bypass the vote in the National Assembly, the lower house of the French parliament.
The president himself is also becoming less and less popular. A poll published on Tuesday shows that support for Macron has fallen sharply and is now only 28 percent, RTL reported, citing research from the BVA research center.
Support for Macron fell by 6 percentage points. compared to a survey conducted in February. It has not been this low since the “yellow vests” protest in autumn 2018 against the rising cost of living; 26 percent supported the president at the time. society.
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