Third night of protests and riots in Paris: the pension reform turns the streets into a powder keg

At least 71 people have been arrested in paris in a new day of protests, the third in a row, against the pension reform imposed by the government of the president Emmanuel Macron and presented on Thursday resorting to Article 49.3 of the Constitution, which implies the approval of any norm without a vote as long as a motion of censure is not imposed.

The mobilizations have occurred this Saturday throughout Francewith special incidence in Paris, where at 8:00 p.m. the Motorized Brigade for the Repression of Violent Action (BRAV-M) of the Police intervened and used tear gas against “rioters who are trying to create barricades and set fire to garbage cans,” according to a source police.

“In the presence of a multitude of thugs, the organizers have asked to dissolve the demonstration,” said the same source, quoted by the newspaper ‘Le Figaro’.

The day in Paris is marked by a controversial ban on demonstrations in the Place de la Concorde and the Champs-Élysées due to the risk to public order and security, according to the authorities, quoted by BFMTV television.

The source consulted has warned that people who try to gather in these areas will be evicted and probably fined if they violate the ban.

Protesters in Paris this Saturday.

Instead the demonstrators have broken into the halles shopping center from the French capital. Videos posted on social media show protesters entering the mall’s premises despite opposition from security guards.

Within the framework of these protests, the union (General Confederation of Workers (CGT)) has reported the closure of the Total Energies refinery in Normandy. “The refineries go on strike one after the other. The movement promises to be greater than that of October 2022. In addition to the oil depots are on strike! FILL THE TANK!“, the union has published on Twitter.

There have also been mobilizations with thousands of attendees in cities such as Marseille, Toulouse, Nantes or Gap. In Marseille, 1,500 attendees have been counted in the General De Gaulle square, according to the Police. In Nantes there have been almost 9,000 attendees, according to ‘Ouest France’.

From the opposition they continue criticizing the governmentof which they even say that “it is not respecting the constitution” and of “governing against the people”, in the words of the deputy of La France Unsubmissive Antoine Léaument.

Riot police in the streets of Paris this March 18.
Riot police in the streets of Paris this March 18.

For him Monday A new appointment is scheduled to debate the text of the reform with the leading role once again in Los Republicanos, whose support could lead to the approval of a motion of no confidence against the Macron government.

Following the vote on the motion of no confidence, the Minister of Economy, Bruno Le Maire, charged against the opposition in an interview with ‘Le Parisien’ in which he called on the Republicans to “regain their spirits” and “abandon all political stance. For Le Maire it is “a farce” that conservative deputies can vote alongside the extreme left.

Today’s date at least 4 of the 61 deputies of Los Republicanos in the National Assembly they will vote in favor of the motion of censure of the LIOT group (Freedom, Independents, Overseas and Territories).

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