Macron faces new fury after forcing through pension law

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Paris police have clashed with demonstrators for a third night as thousands of people marched throughout the country amid anger at the government pushing through a rise in the state pension age without a parliamentary vote.

Axar.az reports citing foreign media that French President Emmanuel Macron has been facing intensified protests and a no-confidence motion in parliament after pushing through a contentious pension reform without a vote in the lower house.

Despite two months of strikes and some of the biggest protests in decades, Mr Macron's government on Thursday imposed the bill to hike the retirement age from 62 to 64.

The move sparked angry demonstrations across the country, with more than 300 people arrested nationwide, according to the interior minister. Protests have continued and grown since the bill was imposed.

"Macron, Resign!" and "Macron is going to break down; we are going to win," demonstrators chanted on the Place d'Italie in southern Paris.

Riot police used tear gas and clashed with some in the crowd as rubbish bins were set on fire.

2023.03.19 / 11:32
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