Again today, people gathered in public areas in Paris to protest a highly controversial change to France’s retirement age that was passed by Emmanuel Macron’s government using special constitutional power that forced it through parliament.
Since last night, protesters have fought police with fireworks and stones.
Riot police responded with the usual methods of tear gas and baton beatings.
Soutien à nos gendarmes et policiers qui maintiennent l’ordre dans les rues de Paris face à des casseurs prêts à en découdre.
Les insoumis de Mélenchon soufflent sur les braises et ne veulent qu’une chose, la chienlit !
— Eric Ciotti (@ECiotti) March 17, 2023
Last night, French police with support of water cannons stormed into groups of protesters and began arresting in mass.
According to French media, 310 protesters were arrested last night across France but mostly in Paris.
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The French working class has responded with mass strikes from garbage collectors, port officers, etc…
Unions are now calling for others to strike by abandoning schools, factories, and any other place that would cause enough turmoil to force Macron’s government to drop the change to the age of retirement.