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Millions Join General Strike in France After Macron Uses Executive Fiat to Slash Pensions

HeadlineMar 24, 2023

In France, an estimated 3.5 million people took to the streets Thursday in a nationwide general strike to protest President Emmanuel Macron’s deeply unpopular move to raise the age of retirement from 62 to 64. Macron’s government forced the legislation through the National Assembly using a constitutional clause to bypass a parliamentary vote. This is a protester in Nice.

Lucile Bidet: “I’m on strike to protest against the pension reform, but mainly also against what is happening in the government with the denial of democracy, which is quite significant right now. They are not listening to the people anymore, and it’s important to us to be here so our voice can be heard and to say what is happening is not normal. If the people are against the reform, they should be heard.”

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