In France, hundreds of thousands of workers are continuing their strike today in protest of French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed pension plan. Over 800,000 people poured into the streets Thursday as the strike’s first day shuttered schools across the country and canceled hundreds of trains and flights. This is French pensioner and former construction worker Michel Laurent.
Michel Laurent: “Today, I demonstrate for the next generation, because when you see that we have worked all our lives — I have worked 43 years, I have a 1,200 euros pension — I doubt that younger people will have a pension like we currently have. If they want it, they will have to work until they’re 70 years old. It is untenable.”