Labor Day demonstrations in France . and fires in the streets of Paris

Citizens and trade union representatives attended May Day demonstrations in cities across Europe on Sunday, sending messages of protest to their governments, in particular in France, where the party was used to honor workers and as a rallying cry against the recently re-elected president Emanuele Macron.

Thousands of people took part in the protests in France today to demand social justice and wage increases and pressure President Macron to abandon his plan to raise the retirement age.

Police said the demonstrations were mostly peaceful, but intervened in Paris after “black bloc” anarchists tried to set up a barricade. in street near Place de la Republique. A restaurant and a real estate agency in Lyon Bloom Square was looted, windows broken and garbage cans set on fire.

About 250 marches were organized in Paris and in other cities, including Lille, Nantes, Toulouse and Marseille. In the French capital, mostly left-wing politicians and climate activists joined the trade unionists.

The demonstrations of the 1st of May in France are aiming at this world for Macron to see the opposition he could meet in his second five-year term and take on the centrist movement before the legislative elections scheduled for next June.

The French opposition parties, in particularly far left and far right, they are trying to break the majority held by the Macron government.

The protests were planned in all of France with a focus on Paris, where the Communist-backed CGT union was leading the main march through eastern Paris, along with a handful of other unions.

These parties are lobbying Macron for people-centered policies and condemning his plan to raise the retirement age from 62 to 65.

Today’s demonstrations highlight what Macron should expect as he moves forward with reforms to support business, including a plan to raise the retirement age.

The cost of living was a major issue in the French presidential election campaign and it is expected that before the June legislative elections it will be equally important that Macron’s party and its allies will have to win in order to implement his policies.

The current Macron government has imposed restrictions on increases in electricity and gas prices, and the president has pledged to take further steps, including raising pensions, to protect consumers’ purchasing power in light of a significant increase in prices. prices.

But inflation hit a new high of 5.4% in April, while growth faltered in the first quarter of the year, giving impetus to opponents and street protests.

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