ParisAround 782,000 people took part in International Workers’ Day protests across France this year, the French interior ministry said. The protests came amid ongoing social tension over the controversial pension reform bill. The number of people involved in the demonstration was 116,500 on May 1 last year, which has seen a huge increase this year.
Like recent movements against pension reforms, Monday’s protests turned violent in major cities including Paris, Lyon and Marseille, Xinhua news agency reported. According to French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, during the protests At least 108 police and paramilitary personnel were injured. A protester in Paris fired a Molotov cocktail, burning a police officer’s face and hand.
French Prime Minister Elizabeth Borne condemned the violence against the security forces. The scenes of violence during the march are unacceptable, he said on social media. On April 14, France’s Constitutional Council announced plans to gradually raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 years. Bourne first presented details of the pension reform plan in January. According to this, at least 43 years of service will be required to be eligible for full pension from 2027.
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