French President Emmanuel Macron called 2023 “the year of the pension reform in his New Year`s address. On January 10, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne officially presented the draft bill, which is to be approved by the cabinet later this month.
Sputnik is live from Paris, as thousands gather on the streets to demonstrate against new pension reforms which will raise the retirement age in France from the current 62 to 64. Its increase will be implemented gradually until 2030.
The reforms have sparked outrage among French citizens. French trade unions, as well as the left opposition, strongly expressed their discontent. Today is the first day of the nationwide protests of French people against the proposed reforms.
French unions and demonstrators have taken to the streets on Thursday in widespread industrial action against the government’s projected pension reforms. The pension reform is just and responsible and must be carried out, Macron said, according to Reuters.
Early indications suggest the latest bill is proving equally lackluster with the French public, with 68% appearing hostile to the fascist measure.
Rail operator SNCF warned train travel will be severely disrupted by industrial action between 7 p.m. local time on 18 Jan. and 8 a.m. on Friday.
Reuters reports that SNCF said only between one-in-three and one-in-five high-speed TGV lines were in operation on Thursday, with limited local or regional trains running. The strikes are disrupting traffic along the maritime route between Calais and Dover.
We regret to inform you that sailings are currently suspended due to a National day of Action in France., P&O Ferries said on Twitter, noting services would resume Thursday afternoon.
TotalEnergies Chief Executive Patrick Pouyanne estimated that a short-term one-day mobilization should not lead to fuel supply shortages.
A day, tomorrow, will not affect the functioning of refineries. Refineries stop if there are many days of strike, he estimated in a BFM TV interview, according to a CNBC translation.
Philippe Martinez, secretary general of the General Confederation of Labor (GCT) union, on 18 Jan. floated the idea of cutting electricity supplies to the affluent of France.
He appeared to soften this stance during an interview with Public Senat, when asked if there would be voluntary targeted electricity cuts to lawmakers who support the new retirement bill.
We expect that the workers of this country who object, and they are many, to this retirement reform project — because they object with respect to [raising] the official retirement age to 64 years — come protest everywhere in France, across 200 locations.
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