Before the departure of the procession in the Old Port district, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of the left-wing party “La France insoumise”, addressed the audience. He called today’s mass action by the French “a historic event” of such magnitude, “that France has not seen for 30 to 40 years”.
According to him, it is “the confrontation of all the people and only one, the President of the Republic”. The politician believes that following the current “Black Tuesday” in the coming days – Wednesday and Thursday – new “socially significant and justified” actions will take place.
According to Jean-Luc Mélenchon, because the discussion of the bill is not yet finished in the National Assembly, the lower house of the French Parliament, it is necessary either to dissolve this legislature, or to organize a referendum on pensions. reform.
“On the one hand, his will (that of Macron), on the other hand, the will of the people. It is obvious that the last word must remain with the people”, underlined the politician.
Meanwhile, strikers blocked national road number 24 near the city of Rennes in Brittany with rubbish containers and pallets. There were clashes with the police.
A road has been blocked in the town of Lorient, in northwestern France. Demonstrators block road transport networks in the sector of the cities of Perpignan (department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques), Caen (department of Calvados), Lille in the north of the country.
All the bridges leading to Le Havre, a major port city on the Atlantic coast, are also blocked.
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