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French reject retirement reform in massive marches

Paris, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) Massive marches toured this capital and other French cities today to reject the retirement reform promoted by the Government, which rules out giving in to union pressure.

According to the General Confederation of Labor (CGT), one of the unions that called for the protests, nearly two million people marched against the project that celebrated its second day of debates in the National Assembly on Tuesday, while the Ministry of the Interior reported participation in 750 thousand.

Although the mobilizations were quantitatively lower than those of January 19 and 31, they once again demonstrated the convening power of the unions in their repudiation of the Executive’s intention to extend the legal retirement age from 62 to 64 years.

Faced with the government’s refusal to renounce a reform that it considers essential, the general secretary of the CGT, Philippe Martinez, estimated that the response must be to escalate in actions, particularly strikes.

In this sense, the inter-union called in a statement to question deputies and senators to reject the project in the French Parliament, which also includes increasing the contribution period and eliminating special pension regimes.

Likewise, he asked the main unions and the population to take to the streets with greater force next Saturday and carry out strikes.


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