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World Thousands march against pension reform in Paris

17:00  04 january  2020
17:00  04 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Thousands of people have turned out again across France in support of ongoing strikes against proposed pension reforms by President Emmanuel Macron’s government. A protester is seen in Paris on December 10, 2019. © Reuters / Benoit Tessier.

Thousands of people have turned out again across France in support of ongoing strikes against proposed pension reforms by President Emmanuel French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe is due to reveal detailed plans for pension reform on Wednesday, which could trigger a further wave of

Thousands of people demonstrated on Saturday against French President Emmanuel Macron's proposed pension reforms which have sparked a month-long transport strike.

a group of people in front of a crowd: Thousands of people gathered to demonstrate in central Paris against pension reform a month into the protest -- their banner reads © FRANCOIS GUILLOT Thousands of people gathered to demonstrate in central Paris against pension reform a month into the protest -- their banner reads "on strike until withdrawal"

Some protesters donned the yellow vests which over the past year have become symbolic of opposition to Macron's attempts at reforms he says will rationalise France's 42 separate pension regimes into a single points-based system.

Unions reject the scheme saying it would require millions of people to work beyond the official retirement age of 62.

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Thousands of people from different sectors of public life rallied at Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est on Thursday afternoon to begin a mass demonstration against President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial pension reform .

Subscribe to our channel! rupt.ly/subscribe Thousands of people took to the streets of Paris on Tuesday, in a cross-professional strike against the pension

The marchers set off after midday from the Gare de Lyon railway station in eastern Paris behind a giant banner reading ""Macron, withdraw your project; save and improve our retirements," heading for Gare de l'Est, four kilometres (2.5 miles) to the north, an AFP reporter said.

Reaching the opera house at Bastille square, some demonstrators shouted "we don't want the grandfather clause" referring to proposals for new opera dancers to lose the current generous pension benefits enjoyed by older colleagues who can currently retire at 42.

So far, more than 60 performances at the Paris opera's historic Garnier and modern Bastille stages have been cancelled, leading to losses of more than 12 million euros ($13.4 million) in ticket sales.

Several other professions, including train drivers, also enjoy special pension provisions. Macron wants to simplify the system and is banking on support falling for the strikers the longer the disruption goes on amid what is now the longest continuous train strike in French history.

A new poll published Friday showed a majority of 61 percent still support the strike, although that was five points lower than a December 19 survey, according to pollster Odoxa.

Unions have called another day of mass demonstrations for Thursday, when teachers, hospital workers and others are expected to join the strike.

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