People are holding a rally in Paris on Tuesday, marking the sixth day of protests against the pension reforms proposed by former Rothschild banker French President Emmanuel Macron.
The government is planning to introduce a universal pension system that, according to French trade unions, will lead to negative changes for private-sector workers, who will have to work beyond the legal retirement age in order to receive a full pension.
Number of Protesters Across France Reaches 890,000
The protests were launched on Thursday, when Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced changes in social security that aim to merge 42 existing pension schemes into one universal points-based system beginning in 2025.
Demonstrators have blocked seven out of eight French oil refineries, according to BFM TV, citing the head of the country’s biggest trade union.
“This concerns the Esso and Total refineries”, the head of the union stated. “The deliveries of petroleum products through pipelines and by vessels, trains and trucks have been disrupted”.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point Europe News 2019.