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Protesters Gather in Paris to Rally Against Pension Reform

© Sputnik / Florence Gallez / Go to the mediabankPolice officers stand guard during a demonstration in Paris
Police officers stand guard during a demonstration in Paris - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.02.2023
On January 10, French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne unveiled a draft of the controversial pension reform that the government plans to adopt in 2023. According to the draft, the French authorities will gradually raise the retirement age in the country by three months a year from September 1, 2023. By 2030, the retirement age will reach 64 years.
Sputnik goes live from Paris as the third mass rally organized by workers’ unions against the government’s pension reform is taking place on Tuesday, February 7.
Demonstrations are expected nationwide, with disruption to public transport, healthcare and education, among other sectors.
Two nationwide strikes have since taken place in France as people protest the reform. The first nationwide strike against pension reform took place across France on January 19, during which eight of the country's largest trade unions held more than 200 demonstrations. An estimated 1 million people took part in the protests, the French Interior Ministry said. On January 31, over 87,000 people reportedly took part in the second demonstration against pension reform held in Paris.
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