Dozens arrested in horrific demonstrations against retirement plans in French cities

Demonstrators set fire to a police barricade in ParisANP/EPA image

For example, the police have taken action in Dijon, Nantes, Brest and Bordeaux, among others. Tear gas was fired in those cities. Many people have been arrested. There are also demonstrations in Caen, Saint-Etienne, Grenoble, Toulouse, Marseille, Valence and Le Havre.

Protesters also got to their feet in Paris. Police banned fresh protests near the French Parliament in the capital on Saturday.

The ban was imposed due to “serious risks of disturbing public order” and applies to the Place de la Concorde, among others. Clashes have occurred between demonstrators and police in recent days. Nearby metro stations are closed. People are still calling on social media to come to the field. Despite the ban, the demonstrations continued on Saturday evening, and the police arrested 81 people.

The square is located near the National Assembly, the French Parliament. There, Prime Minister Elizabeth Bourne announced an article in the constitution Thursday afternoon to advance pension reforms. Thus, Parliament is marginalized. The reform allows for an increase in the retirement age from 62 to 64.

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