The Police of Paris has arrested 61 more people for their participation in the protests against the raising the retirement age from 62 to 64 years that the government of Emmanuel Macron has approved. As they did on the night from Thursday to Friday, this morning thousands of people have gathered in the Plaza de la Concordia to raise their voices against this measure.
The police agents have carried out the arrests after setting fire to and damaging public furniture and after confronting the security forces, as detailed in a report by the Paris Police headquarters.
Thousands of people have gathered for the second consecutive night in the Place de la Concorde in Paris, a few steps from the French Parliament, to denounce the “forced passage” of the Executive by making use of article 49.3 of the Constitution for the pension reform, which had not obtained the support of the National Assembly for it to go ahead.
The French prime minister defended during an interview with the TF1 chain on Thursday the application of article 49.3 of the Constitution, assuring that they have worked “until the last minute” to obtain a majority on the pension reform.
He also acknowledged that he understands “the great effort” that the French will have to make to work “for two more years”although he has expressed that “letting people believe that we can pay everything with debt is not serious.”
Borne also commented on the boos, shouts of resignation and chants from the opposition experienced during Thursday’s day in a tense session in the National Assembly. “That reflects that a certain number of opposition groups do not respect our institutions. Some want chaos », he sentenced.
Meanwhile, the main unions in France have announced a large day of demonstrations for next Thursday, March 23 to demand the total withdrawal of the reform.