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Dozens of detainees on the third day of riots in France

Dozens of detainees on the third day of riots in France

On the third day of riots in France, protests against pension reform have spread across the country, with at least 81 people arrested in the capital, Paris. The main mobilization took place there, with nearly 4,000 participants.

Faced with the government ban on protesting in the Place de la Concorde and the Champs-Élysées, where the protests of the last two nights have resulted in hundreds of arrests and numerous destructions, the protesters moved to the Place d’Italia, in the south of the capital.

There, union activists and left-wing parties joined demonstrators from outside any organization, recalling the movement of the “yellow vests” of 2018, which ended in a national revolt due to the social discontent of the inhabitants of rural areas and the periphery of cities.

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There were numerous clashes with the police, who intervened at around 8:00 p.m. with the BRAV-M motorized brigades using tear gass. Some protesters set garbage bins on fire, smashed through the glass of billboards and bus shelters, set fire to electric bicycles, and used billboards to block streets.

Meanwhile, tense demonstrations have also taken place in several cities in the south of France. In Bordeaux, garbage containers were burned in a central street of the city, and in Lyon, the presence of “hostile groups” has forced the police to disperse a demonstration and seven people have been arrested.

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These protests were added to the partial strikes organized by the unions, which had staged dozens of protests before the controversial approval of the pension reform. The CGT union warned that at least two oil refineries could stop working as of Monday.

Trains, refineries, the gas sector and garbage collection, among others, have been affected and one of the most relevant examples is the cleaning services strike of Paris, which has been generating thousands of tons of garbage scattered on the sidewalks of the French capital for almost two weeks.

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The anger in the streets for the approval, by decree and without a vote in the National Assembly, of a reform that raises the retirement age from 62 to 64 years has also moved to Parliament, which this Monday plans to vote on two motions of no confidence , one from the centrist LIOT group and the other from the far-right National Grouping (RN) party, to overthrow the Executive appointed by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Source: Euronews Español


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